Jacques-Louis David’s historical pieces are mainly political pamphlets, his mythological paintings are often outright ridiculous, but he was a fitting court painter for Napoleon, and a good portraitist, though he never tries to hide the fact that his models are posing for him.
Among his portraits, I like this one best. It shows Henriette Verniac, daughter of Charles-François Delacroix, who had been a secretary to Turgot, a deputy to the National Convention, and a Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also the official, though most likely not the real father of Eugène Delacroix, who was born about a year before this portrait was painted.
Henriette Verniac’s portrait is a good example of the gallo-grecque fashion of the Directoire and Consulat.