|Artist||Jean Georges Wille after Nicholas de Largillière|
|Dimensions||Image 330 x 235 mm, Sheet 383 x 285 mm|
A half-length portrait of Marguerite Elisabeth de Largillière, gazing directly at the viewer, wearing a low cut, elaborately embroidered dress with lace trimming, and a luxurious overcoat, her hair up and decorated with jewels and flowers.
Marguerite Elisabeth de Largillière (1701-1756) was the oldest daughter of French portraitist Nicholas de Largillière (1656-1746) and Marguerite Elisabeth Forest, who was herself the daughter of landscape painter Jean-Baptist Forest. The painting after which Wille has made this print, is currently in the collection of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille. Largillière produced this portrait of his daughter in 1726, the year of her first marriage, to minister of war Jean-Baptiste Houze de La Boullaye.
Nicholas de Largillière (1656-1746) was a French portrait painter. He was very active in the Académie Royale de Peinture et Sculpture, first as a member in 1686, then as a professor, rector, chancellor and director. He also worked on commissions in England, the most important being when he painted James II and Queen Mary in 1686.
Jean Georges Wille (1715-1808) was a German printmaker, active in Paris, and a member of the Académie Royale.
Le Blanc 1847 146, ii.
Ex. Col.: House of Savoy
Condition: Overall time toning, small abrasion to top left of oval.