French Portraits of Captain Felix LaBauve and His Wife Signed Péguchet Fils
French, early 19th century. A pair of oil on canvas portraits depicting Captain Felix LaBauve and his wife Anne Françoise Mengy, portrayed against natural backdrops, portrait of Captain signed l.r.; 22.5 x 18.5 in. (each, sight).
Captain Felix LaBauve (1741-1815) served in the French Army for several decades, notably at the battle of Yorktown, VA, in 1781 and during the French Revolution. In 1806, shortly after an imperial decree signed by Napoleon Bonaparte made him an officer in the Légion d'Honneur, he was decorated for his outstanding services as Captain in the 28th Regiment against the Russian Army. The portraits were most likely executed that year, as indicated by the Légion d'Honneur medal the sitter is wearing and the number 28 etched on the buttons of his uniform. The asymmetrical epaulets (one with a fringe, the other without) are typical of the French Captain uniform.
The sitters in these two paintings are noteworthy for being the parents of Colonel Felix LaBauve, who was born in Vouziers, France, but made his way to DeSoto County, Mississippi, in 1836, where he occupied several political positions, including state representative and senator after studying law. He also edited The Phoenix, a newspaper now known as the DeSoto Times Today.
For additional biographical information regarding Captain Felix LaBauve and his son, Colonel Felix LaBauve, please refer to the following article: http://msgw.org/desoto/military/lebauvefelix.html
Each relined, one with patch in the upper center back of canvas.