Count Ludovic Lepic and Ladies Viewing an Exhibition (1888?). Julius LeBlanc Stewart (American, 1855-1919). Oil on canvas.
Vicomte Ludovic-Napoléon Lepic was the grandson of the Napoleonic general Louis Lepic, from whom the title had descended. His father was Louis-Joseph Napoléon Lepic, who also followed a military career and was a close supporter of Napoléon III. Destined for a similar career, Ludovic persuaded his father to allow him to train as a painter, originally with Gustave Wappers, the official painter of the Belgian King.