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Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman

c. 1748
(French, 1685–1766)
Framed: 108 x 92.5 x 11 cm (42 1/2 x 36 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Unframed: 82 x 65 cm (32 5/16 x 25 9/16 in.)

Did You Know?

Though the sitters in his portraits often lack individualized traits, Nattier was fervently sought by French aristocratic women.

Description

Jean-Marc Nattier was a favorite portraitist of King Louis XV of France. He held the lucrative position as the court painter for Queen Mary Lesczynski, the daughter of the exiled king of Poland. The portrait was long thought to be of Madame Henriette de France, one of the daughters of Louis XV and Queen Mary Lesczynski, but this identification is no longer accepted and the sitter remains unknown. There has been considerable confusion over the identity of many of Nattier's sitters, as they tend to conform to an idealized concept of female beauty.
  • Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, Duc de Dino, Paris, France, to second wife, Ms. Adele Livingston Sampson
    ? - 1912
    Ms. Adele Livingston Sampson, by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Frederick H. Allen
    1912 - 1930
    Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Allen, Pelham Manor, New York, from whom purchased by Duveen Brothers
    1930 - ?
    Duveen Brothers (New York, NY), sold to Commodore and Mrs. Louis Dudley Beaumont
    Commodore and Mrs. Louis Dudley Beaumont, Cap d'Antibes, France
    ? - 1948
    Louis Dudley Beaumont Foundation, by gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1948.
    1948 -
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Henry S. Francis, "A Gift of the Louis Dudley Beaumont Foundation," The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art XXXV (1948), 221-25, illus. p. 225. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Museum of Art.
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1958. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 481 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 136 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 136 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 179 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Catalogue of Paintings, Part 3: European Paintings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1982. Reproduced: p. 104; Mentioned: p. 105
  • 35th Anniversary Exhibition. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 20-September 30, 1951).
    Artlens Exhibition 2019. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer).
    New York World's Fair: Pavilion of France, 1939: "Five Centuries of History Mirrored in Five Centuries of French Art." Cat. no. 212.
    Columbus (Ohio) Gallery of Fine Arts, October 1-November 5, 1950: "Twentieth-Anniversary Celebration," cat. no. 23.
    University of Michigan Museum of Art, (Ann Arbor), Nov. 1-Nov. 28, 1951: "Italian, Spanish, and French Paintings of the 17th and 18th Centuries," cat. no. 40. Grand Rapids (Michigan) Art Gallery, Dec. 12, 1951-Jan 9, 1952.
    Tulsa, Oklahoma, Philbrook Art Center, April-May, 1953: "18th and 19th Century French Painting.”
    Art Institute of Zanesville, (Ohio), April 4-April 28, 1954: "Masterpieces of Paintings Owned by Ohio Museums.”
  • {{cite web|title=Portrait of a Woman|url=false|author=Jean-Marc Nattier|year=c. 1748|access-date=01 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1948.183