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- Object: John Francis Lamarche, Bishop and Count of Leon
Portrait of Jean François de La Marche, whole-length, sitting, directed to the front, facing and looking downwards to the left, holding a pen and paper in his lap, writing; table beside him on the left with candle, inkwell, and scattered letters referring to the "suffering clergy of France", pile of papers and opened letters beneath the table, picture on the right of the Castle of Winchester, and large fireplace with crucifix. 1797
Etching and engraving
- Production date
Height: 645 millimetres
Width: 477 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bindman 1989
Literature: Weiner 1960, p. 64f.; Portalis 1910, p. 200f.
The Bishop Saint Pol de Leon administered the Wilmot Fund (see 1948,0214.369), and was effectively in charge of distributing relief to the French émigré clergy in England. He had arrived in London in late 1791 and was painted by Danloux in September 1792 (Louvre). This engraving was made from the painting in 1797 and distributed by subscription to supporters of the aims of the Fund. The Bishop is shown in his lodgings in Queen Street, Bloomsbury, engaged in the work of raising money from subscribers. At the head of the 'List of Subscribers to the [relief] of the suffering clergy of France' John Wilmot's name is most prominent, followed by the Duke of Portland. The screen shows Winchester Castle which had been given for the accommodation of the clergy.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1989 May-Sep, BM, Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and French Revolution, cat.220
1990 Jan-Mar, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jun-Sep, Vizille, Mus Rev/Francaise, Britain and French Revolution
- Associated events
- Associated Event: French Revolutionary Wars 1789-1799
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The gift is recorded in Alexander's report to the Trustees dated 12 December 1812.
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