Nicolas de Largilliérre, 1656-1746Portrait of Marguerite de Sève, Wife of Barthélemy-Jean-Claude Pupil, 1729Oil on canvas, 138.4 x 106.4 cm (54-1/2 x 41-7/8 in.)Nicolas de Largilliérre, who enjoyed a long and successful career as a portraitist, was sought out early in the eighteenth century by important new clients from the provinces of France. One of them was Barthélemy-Jean-Claude Pupil, who received two judicial appointments in Lyon after his marriage in 1722 to Marguerite de Sève, the subject of the portrait. His wife wears a costume with an embossed and jeweled bodice that looks made of metal but may be silk mounted on molded buckram, a stiff material. The music she touches with her left hand and the words underneath it are for a drinking song of the kind that sophisticated women sang at an evening gathering at home.Provenance:By a series of indirect inheritances to Comte Olivier de la Ferrière, his sale, 1969Acquired by the Putnam Foundation, 1971Provenance Notes:[1] Inscribed on the lining of the canvas on the reverse, evidently copying an inscription on the back of the original canvas, is the following legend: peint par / N. de Largillierre. / .1729



 

Nicolas de Largilliérre, 1656-1746
Portrait of Marguerite de Sève, Wife of Barthélemy-Jean-Claude Pupil, 1729
Oil on canvas, 138.4 x 106.4 cm (54-1/2 x 41-7/8 in.)

Nicolas de Largilliérre, who enjoyed a long and successful career as a portraitist, was sought out early in the eighteenth century by important new clients from the provinces of France. One of them was Barthélemy-Jean-Claude Pupil, who received two judicial appointments in Lyon after his marriage in 1722 to Marguerite de Sève, the subject of the portrait. His wife wears a costume with an embossed and jeweled bodice that looks made of metal but may be silk mounted on molded buckram, a stiff material. The music she touches with her left hand and the words underneath it are for a drinking song of the kind that sophisticated women sang at an evening gathering at home.

Provenance:

By a series of indirect inheritances to Comte Olivier de la Ferrière, his sale, 1969
Acquired by the Putnam Foundation, 1971
Provenance Notes:

[1] Inscribed on the lining of the canvas on the reverse, evidently copying an inscription on the back of the original canvas, is the following legend: peint par / N. de Largillierre. / .1729