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The duc de Chartres, later Philippe Égalité, duc d'Orléans (after Reynolds)
  • Camille (Joseph-Étienne) Roqueplan (1800 - 1855)
  • After Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)
  • The duc de Chartres, later Philippe Égalité, duc d'Orléans (after Reynolds)
  • France
  • 19th century
  • Painting
  • Oil on millboard
  • Image size: 20 x 14 cm
    Frame size: 40 x 34.5 x 8 cm
  • P603
  • West Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This small painting is a sketch-copy (known as an ébauché) after a portrait of the duc de Chartres painted by Reynolds for George IV in 1785. He is depicted in Hussar’s uniform, wearing the ribbon of the Saint-Esprit; Reynolds greatly admired his grace and elegance. The original, which is in the Royal Collection, hung at Carlton House but was taken down when the duke sided with the Revolutionaries in France (although he was later guillotined in 1793). It was still copied in the nineteenth century, even after it was damaged by fire in 1824. Labels on the reverse of this copy suggest that it was painted after 1840. Roqueplan’s interest in Reynolds reflects a wider taste for British portraiture among French painters during this period.