The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
The comte d'Espagnac
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  • Joseph-François-Pierre-Guillaume de Sahuget d’Amarzit d’Espagnac (1776-1820) was the only son of the collector Joseph-François-Pierre-Charles d’Espagnac (1750-1817), a sub-lieutenant of the King’s household troops. This portrait, which displays the bright colouring and monochrome background of Vigée Le Brun’s work in the 1780s, was listed by the artist among her portraits for 1786. It was exhibited at the Paris Salon the following year. The vivacious expression and spontaneous attitude of her young sitter reveal not only the artist’s powers of observation and her ability to portray children, but also her debt to seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art.