Nicolas de Largillièrre, 1656-1746
Portrait of Barthélemy-Jean-Claude Pupil, 1729
Oil on canvas, 138.4 x 106.4 cm (54-1/2 x 41-7/8 in.)
Largillièrre, enjoyed a long and successful career as a portraitist. Important new clients from the provinces of France sought him out early in the eighteenth century. 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 artist shows Pupil wearing his wig and legal robes and supporting a book.
By a series of indirect inheritances to Comte Olivier de la Ferrière, his sale, 1969
Acquired by the Putnam Foundation, 1971
 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 / barthelmis.jean.claude.pupil. / chevalier.premier president. / de.la.cour.des monnoyes. / lieutenant.general.de.la. / senchausse. de Lyon