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Madame de ** en habit de Bal

  • Object type

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  • Title (object)

    • Madame de ** en habit de Bal
  • Description

    Portrait of a noble woman identified as Madame de Mouchy, three-quarter length, seated in armchair, looking towards viewer, and holding a mask in her left hand; with two braids entwined with rows of pearls, hair ornament embellished with pear-shaped pearl, and sash worn over dress adorned with decorative trims and tassels. 1746 Etching and engraving


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1746
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 415 millimetres
    • Width: 298 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with names of designer and engraver, date, title, and publication address: 'Peint au pastel par Ch. Coypel / Gravé par L.Surugue en 1746 / à Paris chez L. Surugue graveur du Roy rue des Noyers attenant le Magazin de papier vis a vis St. Yves A.P.D.R.'.
  • Curator's comments

    The identification of the sitter as Madame de Mouchy, first suggested in 'Catalogue manuscrit de l'oeuvre gravé de et après Charles Coypel', though now accepted by most scholars, has been questioned (see Thierry Lefrançois, 'Charles Coypel 1694-1752', Paris 1994, cat. No. P235). An Italian print engraved after the same portrait in 1766 wrongly identifies the sitter as the Marquess of Pompadour (Xavier Salmon, 'Madame de Pompadour et les arts', Paris 2002, p.507).

    This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Prints in the British Museum', New Series Part XI (Specimens of Line-engraving by French Masters of the Eighteenth Century), Published by the Trustees in 1902, where it was number III and described there as 'Pierre-Louis Surugue, after Coypel. Portrait of Madame de Mouchy in ball dress.'; see 1902,0820.2.4 (Shelfmark 245*.b.25).


  • Bibliography

    • Firmin-Didot 1875-77 2302 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (French XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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TQL portrait of a noble woman sitting in armchair, facing front, a mask in her hand.  1746  Etching and engraving

TQL portrait of a noble woman sitting in armchair, facing front, a mask in her hand. 1746 Etching and engraving

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