We know who the man depicted in this pastel is thanks to a label stuck on the back, as well as to the reviews from the 1769 Salon, where it was exhibited. He is Charles Lenormant du Coudray, an erudite art connoisseur, as demonstrated by the book of prints in his hand.
This senior magistrate from Orléans is depicted simply dressed in a blue taffeta jacket and a large checked scarf. His face is shaped by blue, green and pink shadows and is set against a grey curtain that lifts at the side, creating a sense of depth in the pastel. Jean-Baptiste Perronneau was a close friend of the magistrate and the nobleness and intelligence conveyed in this portrait reflect the esteem in which he held him.