Painter/Artist: Jean-Marc Nattier

French School. A favourite painter of the royal Princesses and ladies of the Court of Louis XV. At Versailles one entire gallery is filled with his portraits of Princesses. A fine whole-length of Comte Maurice de Saxe is at Dresden (No. 783), and in the Museum at Marseilles is a celebrated picture of the Duchesse de Chateaurouz as Aurora (“Le Point du jour”).

LONDON, WALLACE COLLECTION

LA CONTESSE DE TILLIERES Formerly called Portrait of a Lady in Blue. Half length, seated in a chair, full face, a young woman with her hair brushed back from her forehead. She is in a loose blue pelisse trimmed with fur, and sits looking at us with her arms crossed, the hands covered by her pelisse. Plain background.