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Madame de Staël
  • Louis-Ami Arlaud-Jurine (1751 - 1829)
  • Madame de Staël
  • Switzerland
  • c. 1805
  • Miniature
  • Painted on ivory
  • Sight size: 8.3 x 8.3 cm
    Frame size: 9.4 x 9.2 cm
    Overall size: 10.2 x 9.2 cm, with hook
  • M180
  • West Gallery II
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  • Anne Louise Germaine Necker, baronne de Staël (1766-1817), usually known as Mme de Staël, was the daughter of Louis XVI's famous finance minister Jacques Necker. She was a writer best known for her novel 'Corinne' and for her opposition to Napoleon. She visited England in 1793 and 1812-14, when she was lionized by London society, which makes it likely that at some time she became acquainted with the 2nd Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford, as well as their son, the future 3rd Marquess. This miniature relates closely to a portrait in oil of Mme de Staël and her daughter Albertine attributed to Marguérite Gérard which is now in the Musée de Coppet, Switzerland. Both portraits show de Staël wearing vaguely classical costume with an embroidered scarf on her head.