The Wallace Collection

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La marchande des modes (The Modiste)
  • Studio of François Boucher (1703 - 1770)
  • La marchande des modes (The Modiste)
  • probably c. 1746
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 63 x 51.8 cm
  • Signature: 'f. Boucher.'
  • P390
  • Oval Drawing Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • A replica of the picture commissioned in 1745 and delivered in 1746 to Crown Princess Louisa Ulrika of Sweden, now in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. The subject was originally intended to illustrate Morning in an uncompleted series of the Times of the Day, and is typical of the elegant, contemporary interior scenes painted by Boucher between 1739 and 1746. The Wallace Collection’s picture was probably painted c.1746, before the prime version left the artist’s studio. Although of a good quality, it lacks the vivacity of the original, and was described as ‘after Boucher’ in the sale catalogue of its first owner, Salomon Pierre de Prousteau, in 1769. It served as a model for an engraving by René Gaillard in 1755 ('La marchande des modes') and was probably painted specifically as a model for the engraver.