The Property of a Gentleman
Follower of Martin Lambert
Double portrait of Henri (1603-77) and Charles Beaubrun (1604-92)
bears signature lower right: Martin Lambert
oil on canvas
unframed: 143.7 x 177 cm.; 56 5/8 x 69 5/8 in.
framed: 167.6 x 199.5 cm.; 66 x 78 1/2 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and slightly uneven. There is frame abrasion and some associated losses around all four margins. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some areas of concentrated retouching to the background behind the easel upper right, to the top of the canvas and in a couple of areas in the portrait (the longest of which measures approx. 10 cm.), to a handful of areas between the artists' heads, the largest of which measures approx. 6 x 3 cm., to an area in the black drapery lower left 6 cm. long and to two repaired damages in the red curtain upper left each approx. 2 x 3 cm. There are some particularly uneven areas of varnish around the heads of the figures and in the sleeve and hand of the outstretched arm. The presents well in its current state and is in overall good condition.
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A copy after the double portrait by Martin Lambert, at Versailles (inv. no. MV 5885), painted as a presentation piece ('morceau de réception') for the Paris Académie, in 1675.1 Lambert was a pupil of Henri Beaubrun (1603-77), who is depicted here with his cousin, another portraitist, Charles Beaubrun (1604-92). The early French art historian, André Félibien (1619-95), recorded that the cousins would work alternately on a single portrait using the same palette, as is depicted here. The portrait they are working on is presumed to be that of Queen Marie Thérèse of France (1638-83); it is shown in the early stages of execution, an outline drawing traced in white on a dark ground. Other recorded copies of the unusual composition are those by Elisa Anfray, 1849, and Héléna Darmesteter, 1892.