The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Madame de Pompadour
  • François Boucher (1703 - 1770)
  • Madame de Pompadour
  • France
  • 1759
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 91 x 68 cm
  • Signature: 'F.Boucher 1759'
  • P418
  • Oval Drawing Room
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Further Reading
  • After her relationship with Louis XV became platonic in about 1750, Madame de Pompadour commissioned a series of works of art with friendship and fidelity as their central theme. The Wallace Collection’s portrait, probably the last Boucher painted of his patron, evokes these ideals by its inclusion of the sculpture of Friendship consoling Love (recalling Pigalle) and in the presence of Madame de Pompadour’s pet spaniel, Inès.