'Young Woman Drawing' by Marie-Denis Villers, 1801 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). It may be a self-portrait of the artist.
Marie-Denise 'Nisa' Villers (Paris, 1774 – Paris, 1821), born Marie-Denise Lemoine, was a painter who specialized in portraits. Her first exhibit was of three paintings at the Paris Salon of the Year VII (1799), and one of them won her 1500 francs. From then on her portraits attracted much attention. Her last exhibit at the Paris Salon was in 1814, seven years before she died at the age of 47.
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