Portrait of Marie Ledoux and her daughters (c.1787). Marguerite Gérard (French, 1761-1837). Oil on wood. Gérard likely knew architect Ledoux and his family. The portrait was probably given as a gift to them. The success of this portrait may have convinced some “patrons” to commission similar ones from her. Claude-Nicolas Ledoux was a French architect who developed an eclectic and visionary architecture linked with nascent pre-Revolutionary social ideals.