An early work by the most important female artist of 18th century France, this portrait of a young woman was painted in 1774. Less than twenty years old at the time, the young painter had not yet married the art dealer Jean Baptiste Pierre Le Brun. Vigée listed in her memoirs a number of women who sat to her in 1774; among those yet to be identified are portraits of the Baronne de Lande and Mesdames Damerval, Maingat, Le Normand, and de la Grange. It is likely that the sitter in the present work is one of these women.1
Stylistically the work can be compared to the artist's portrait from the same year of Marie Louise Adélaide Jacquette de Robien, later Vicomtesse de Mirabeau, which is also three-quarter length (fig. 1).
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Vigée Le Brun being prepared by Joseph Baillio.
1. See E.L. Vigée Le Brun, Souvenirs, Paris 1835, vol. I, p. 319) for the list of sitters.