The Wallace Collection

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Marie Leszczynska, Queen of France
  • After Jean-Marc Nattier (1685 - 1766)
  • Marie Leszczynska, Queen of France
  • 1746 - 1756
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 54.5 x 45.5 cm
    Frame size: 68 x 57 x 6 cm
  • P437
  • Reserve Gallery
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Further Reading
  • Marie Leszczynska (1703-68), the daughter of Stanislaus Leszczynski, Duke of Lorraine and former King of Poland, married Louis XV of France in 1725 by whom she had ten children. She was noted for her homely pious nature, which Nattier brilliantly conveyed in a portrait of 1748, of which the Wallace Collection picture is a reduced eighteenth-century copy (original, Versailles, Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon). The Queen asked the artist to portray her in habit de ville (day dress), and the resulting image, which shows her turning from her reading of the Bible, heralded a new naturalism in French portraiture in the eighteenth century. The picture became the most successful image of the Queen; it was engraved by Jacques-Nicolas Tardieu in 1755 and numerous copies were produced many by the copyists of the cabinet du roi at Versailles.The exact staus of the copy at the Wallace Collection is unknown.