Lot 137
  • 137

Attributed to Maurice-Quentin de la Tour Saint-Quentin 1704 - 1788

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • Maurice-Quentin de La Tour
  • Portrait of François-Augustin Paradis de Moncrif (1687-1770)
  • pastel, laid down on canvas

Literature

Possibly E. Dréolle de Nodon, Éloge biographique de Maurice-Quentin de La Tour...suivi de notes et documents historiques, Paris 1856, p. 140;
Possibly E. Fleury and G. Brière, Catalogue des pastels de M.-Q. de La Tour. Collection de Saint-Quentin et Musée du Louvre, Paris 1920, no. 83 (as sitter unknown);
N. Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, London 2006, p. 298, reproduced

Catalogue Note

This fine pastel is the only known surviving version of La Tour's portrait, the composition of which is recorded in a painted copy at Versailles, inscribed with the sitter's name and dated 1733.1  An engraved copy by L.-J. Cathélin is also known.2  According to Besnard, a pastel portrait of Moncrif was exhibited at the Salon in 1748, no. 83 (loc. cit.).


1. See C. Constans, Musée National du Château du Versailles: Les Peintures, Paris 1995, vol. I, no. 3047, p. 537.

2. See A. Besnard, La Tour: la vie et L'oeuvre de l'artiste, Paris 1928, p. 157, no. 343, plate LXI, fig. 109.

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