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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Jean Baptiste Weyler
PORTRAIT OF HENRI-LOUIS CAIN, 'LEKAIN' (1728-1778), AS OROSMANE IN ZAIRE
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Jean Baptiste Weyler
PORTRAIT OF HENRI-LOUIS CAIN, 'LEKAIN' (1728-1778), AS OROSMANE IN ZAIRE
Estimation
3 0005 000
Lot. Vendu 10,625 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Jean Baptiste Weyler
STRASBURG 1747 - 1791 PARIS
PORTRAIT OF HENRI-LOUIS CAIN, 'LEKAIN' (1728-1778), AS OROSMANE IN ZAIRE

Provenance

With Philip Mould Ltd., London,
from where purchased by the present owner

Description

Henri-Louis Cain, known as 'Lekain', was among the great tragic actors of his day. In this fine enamel he is seen in the role of Orosmane in Voltaire’s Zaïre, a play that was first performed by the Comédie Française in August of 1732 and gained popularity throughout the 18th Century. 

The present composition is based on an oil painting by Simon-Bernard Lenoir, a work that was exhibited at the Salon in 1784 and is now in the collection of Comédie Française.1

There are two enamel portraits of the sitter by Weyler in Louvre, Paris, one signed and dated 1782.

1. H. Williams, Turquerie, An Eighteenth-Century European Fantasy, London 2014, p. 80, fig. 96

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