As regular visitors to the salon will know, I am very fond of art and spend many happy hours perusing canvases from the long 18th century. Once in a while I like to share a gallery of work with you and today, to mark the anniversary of the death of Nicolas de Largillière, it's my pleasure to share his work with you.
Largillière was born in France but, when he travelled to London, he became a great favourite of Charles II and, later, James II. Both were keen to keep the artist in England but he disliked the politics of the English court and instead divided his time between his homeland and London, with a strong bias towards France!
Largillière enjoyed enormous success in France, producing works for Louis XIV and his family and his popularity continued throughout his life, as he rose to the highest ranks of the illustrious French Academy.
|Portrait of a Woman|
|Louise-Madeleine Bertin, Countess of Montchal|
|Elizabeth Throckmorton, 1729|
|Study of Hands|
|Portrait of a Gentleman|