Portrait of a Family
Portrait of a Family

Circle of NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERE (1656-1746)

Portrait of a Family

c. 1690 France

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Portrait of a lady, seated, wearing a gold coloured gown holding a portrait of her husband, her child draped in a blue wrap sitting in her lap pointing towards his father, the pet spaniel jumping up at their side. Oil on canvas in a period giltwood frame. Circa 1690.

Dimensions: In frame : 150 x 134.5 (59 x 53in)


Private collection, Fontainebleau, France

Nicolas de Largillière (1656 - 1746) was an unrivalled portrait painter to the French bourgois aldermen, lawyers and financiers of Paris and was a master of the family group portrait. He was born in Paris and moved to Antwerp as a child where his father worked as a hat maker. Largillière was apprenticed to an obscure still life painter, Antoine Goubaud by 1668 and became a master in 1673. He left Antwerp for England just before his eighteenth birthday and was employed to do some minor work by the superintendent of the King's buildings (which included the restoration of Windsor Castle) and was encouraged by the Court portrait painter Sir Peter Lely. Largillière seems to have left England in 1679 during a wave of anti-catholic persecution. Many of his portraits during his first years back in France strongly reflect the influence of Flemish court painting, especially as practiced by Lely in England. Largillière was received into the Academie in 1686 with his portrait of Charles Le Brun of 1686, now in the Louvre. Largillière was known for his use of more informal poses in his work and his use of a rich palette of colour to create texture and atmosphere. He had an ability to infuse his work with wit and intimacy using elements such as mythological references or as in the case of this family portrait, the pet spaniel vying to join the family group and the young child gesturing towards his absent father.


Alan Wintermute 'The French Portrait 1550-1850' . 1996
Very good
Oil on canvas in a period giltwood frame
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