The Wallace Collection

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Mademoiselle Adèle
  • Jean-Baptiste Singry (1782 - 1824)
  • Mademoiselle Adèle
  • France
  • 1823
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on ivory
  • Image size: 15 x 11.4 cm
  • Signature: 'Singry 1823'
  • M305
  • West Gallery II
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The identification of the sitter as Mlle Adèle derives from the catalogue of the sale in 1870 at which this miniature was bought by the 4th Marquess of Hertford. She was almost certainly an actress - this is suggested by her semi-classical dress and the omission of her surname in the catalogue entry - but in the present state of knowledge it is not possible to identify her.

    The 4th Marquess of Hertford acquired this miniature in 1870 at the sale of the Russian collector Anatole Demidoff. Lord Hertford retained the distinctive Demidoff livery frame, as he did with the large canvases he acquired at the sale.