"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Friday, April 15, 2016

Madame du Barry

This 1782 portrait of Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
"Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry (19 August 1743 – 8 December 1793) was the last Maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XV of France and one of the victims of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution." -- Wikipedia
The inscription on the reverse of the portrait reads, "Presented by the Empress Eugenie to Earl Sydney in memory of her son, the Prince Imperial, to whom it belonged"

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