Lot 130
  • 130

Jean-Baptiste Perronneau

8,000 - 12,000 USD
3,125 USD
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  • Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
  • Portrait of Isabelle-Agneta-Élizabeth de Zuylen, Madame de Charrière de Penthaz
  • Pastel on paper mounted on canvas;
    signed and dated upper left, in graphite: Perronneau/1773
  • 603 by 490 mm; 23 3/4  by 19 1/4  in (sight size)


Sale, Paris, Drouot Richelieu, 31 March 2000, lot 90,
where acquired by the present owner


N. Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, Paris 2006, p. 400, reproduced

Catalogue Note

The sitter, born Isabelle-Agneta-Élizabeth van Tuyll van Serooskerken (1740-1805), was generally known as 'Belle van Zuylen'.  She was born in the Castle of Zuylen, near Utrecht, the eldest of seven children.  Her parents gave her a very broad and liberal education, even including the study of disciplines such as mathematics, an unusual topic for women at the time.  She also studied music in her youth with the composer Niccolò Zingarelli, and composed a number of works herself, though only a few fragments of these have survived.  In 1771 she married Charles-Emmanuel de Charrière de Penthaz (1735-1808) and they settled near Neuchâtel.  As Madame de Charrière, she became a well-known writer of her time, and one of very few extraordinary women who took an interest in politics, writing novels, plays and pamphlets.  When a number of aristocrats fled to Neuchâtel during the Revolution, she befriended some of them, but at the same time published works criticizing the attitudes of the refugees, whom she felt had failed to learn the necessary lessons from the Revolution.