The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
James Fenimore Cooper
  • Lizinka-Aimée-Zoé de Mirbel (1796 - 1849)
  • James Fenimore Cooper
  • France
  • 1827
  • Painting
  • Watercolour and grey wash on paper
  • Image size: 13.7 x 10 cm
  • P763
  • Reserve Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was an American novelist best known for 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1826). He visited France in the year of the novel's publication. In Paris he met Sir Walter Scott and together they visited Mme. de Mirbel on 6 November. She finished Scott’s portrait then (Mirbel, 'Sir Walter Scott', P764), but Cooper’s was not drawn before 26 March 1827 when he wrote that he expected Mme. de Mirbel ‘will do me credit’. The Wallace Collection's watercolour may be a preliminary study for a (now unknown) finished portrait. An engraving by J. Thomson of a slightly different composition was published in 1831.