Jacques-Louis David, 1748-1825
Portrait of Cooper Penrose, 1802
Oil on canvas, 130.5 x 97.5 cm (51-3/8 x 38-3/8 in.)

Cooper Penrose traveled from Ireland to Paris in 1802 to commission David, the most famous painter in Europe, to make his portrait.


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Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1732 - 1806
Blindman's Buff, ca. 1775 - 80
Oil on canvas, 62.5 x 45.1 cm (24-5/8 x 17-3/4 in.)

Jean-Honoré Fragonard trained in the studio of François Boucher, who painted Lovers in the Park, hanging nearby. Although he was accepted into the French Academy, he declined to pursue a public career as a history painter.

 


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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.


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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.


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Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1714-1789
A Seaport at Sunset, 1749
Oil on canvas, 114 x 164.1 cm (44-7/8 x 64-5/8 in.)

Claude-Joseph Vernet, a native of Avignon, went to Rome in 1734 and over the next decade established himself in Italy as a painter of real and imaginary landscapes based on the local countryside and seacoast.


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