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Louis-Gabriel Blanchet
PORTRAIT OF CHARLES CLAUDE DE FLAHAULT DE LA BILLARDERIE, COMTE D'ANGIVILLER, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, WITH A CHILD HOLDING A BASKET OF FLOWERS
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Louis-Gabriel Blanchet
PORTRAIT OF CHARLES CLAUDE DE FLAHAULT DE LA BILLARDERIE, COMTE D'ANGIVILLER, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, WITH A CHILD HOLDING A BASKET OF FLOWERS
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Louis-Gabriel Blanchet
PARIS 1705 - 1772 ROME
PORTRAIT OF CHARLES CLAUDE DE FLAHAULT DE LA BILLARDERIE, COMTE D'ANGIVILLER, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, WITH A CHILD HOLDING A BASKET OF FLOWERS
Signed, inscribed and dated lower center: L.G. Blanchet / pinxt. Rome / 1765 
oil on canvas
53 by 39 3/8  in.; 135 by 100 cm.
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Provenance

Acquired in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century;
Thence by family descent in a private collection, Paris;
By whom anonymously sold ("The Property of a Gentleman"), London, Sotheby's, December 8, 2011, lot 253, where acquired by the present owner.

Description

Much of Louis-Gabriel Blanchet's life and work remains a mystery despite his success as a portraitist.  Born in Paris, he won second place in the prix de Rome in 1727 and then spent much of his artistic career in the Eternal City, where he likely encountered Charles Claude de la Billarderie, Comte d'Angiviller, the sitter of this charismatic portrait. 

The Comte d'Angiviller had an illustrious career in the French army, serving under Louis XV at the battle of Fontenoy in 1745. In 1774 he was appointed directeur général des Bâtiments du Roi, thus following royal commissions for works of art and the construction and maintenance of royal residences. A key figure in the scientific and artistic circles in the years just preceding the French Revolution, the Comte d'Angiviller gave increasing importance to the royal buildings and patrimony they represented. His most ambitious and revolutionary project was setting up the Musée Royal in the grande galerie du Louvre, which aimed to house and conserve the king's entire paintings collection for posterity. Charismatic and self-assured, the Comte's cold exterior hid a 'courtoisie extrême et sa timidité jointe à une grande sensibilité' , as described by De Sacy (J.S. de Sacy, "Le comte d'Angiviller, dernier directeur général des Bâtiments du Roi", in Ars et Historia, Paris 1953, p. 104).

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