Portrait of Claude-René Pâris, Count of Soulanges
Portrait of Claude-René Pâris, Count of Soulanges
Portrait of Claude-René Pâris, Count of Soulanges
Portrait of Claude-René Pâris, Count of Soulanges
Portrait of Claude-René Pâris, Count of Soulanges
Portrait of Claude-René Pâris, Count of Soulanges

Circle of LOUIS-MICHEL VAN LOO (1707-1771)

Portrait of Claude-René Pâris, Count of Soulanges

1760 to 1770 France

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This large portrait depicts the French aristocrat and naval officer Claude-René Pâris (1736-1795) who was the last Count of Soulanges. He descended from the family of the lords of Soulanges, a fiefdom near Ancenis in Britanny, France. The Pâris family originated either in England or Flanders and gave its name to a château in Basse-Bretagne (see photo).

Claude-René was the eldest son of Claude-Louis Pâris, knight and lord of Soulanges, and his wife, Françoise de Gatinaire, daughter of Claude de Gatinaire, lord of Gatinaire, Preville and Marguerite Merisson. His military carrier began in 1751 and he was promoted to enseigne de vaisseau in 1755, then lieutenant de vaisseau in 1761. He fought in the American War of Independence and later he emigrated to Britain after the French Revolution. He was made a lieutenant colonel in the régiment d'Hector during the Quiberon Expedition but he was wounded in action and died in 31st July 1795.

Wearing a full breast plate under a crimson coat that is heavily inscribed with gold frogging, his right hand holding his bicorn hat. The wig style and the large tie at the nape of the neck were popular around in the 1760’s. The badge of the Ordre Royal et Militaire de Saint Louis hangs from his left lapel by a “knotted flame coloured ribbon” as decreed in The edict of Louis XIV issued in March 1694. This was a badge of dynastic order of chivalry founded the year prior by the King and it was intended as a reward for exceptional officers and when worn from a red ribbon it denotes the status of Knight. Claude Rene was made a knight of the ordre royal et militaire de Saint-Louis in 1762 and it is most likely that the present portrait was painted to celebrate this occasion.

A very impressive and striking portrait in terms of the composition, the large scale and the extraordinary period frame.
Good condition.
By direct family descent from the sitter until acquired by a private collector.
Dimensions
External Height 109.00 cm (42.91 inches)
External Width 93.00 cm (36.61 inches)
External Depth 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
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