The Wallace Collection

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Marie Leczinska, Queen Consort of Louis XV, after J. B. Van Loo
  • André-Claude-Martin Lefèvre d'Orgeval (active between: 1740 - 1760)
  • After Jacob van Loo (1614 - 1670)
  • Marie Leczinska, Queen Consort of Louis XV, after J. B. Van Loo
  • Poland
  • c. 1740 - 1760
  • Miniature
  • Painted on vellum
  • Image size: 20.5 x 15.2 cm
    Frame size: 29.2 x 20.7 cm
  • Signature: Indistinct
    Stencil: 'Galerie de S.A.R. Mme. / Ducse de BERRY (surmounted by a crown)'
    Inscription: 'Marie de Lecinska' In ink
    Inscription: '366' In pencil
  • M285
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • Marie Leszczynska (1703-68) married King Louis XV of France in 1725 when he was fifteen. They had ten children together. This miniature is based on a portrait of the Queen, today in the Châteaux de Versailles, long thought to be by Jean-Baptiste van Loo but recently reattributed to François Stiémart. That portrait was painted around 1726 and was one of the earliest images of the new Queen. Marie wears a brocaded orange dress, while her page holds up her blue robe decorated with the royal fleurs de lys behind her. She points with her right hand to her crown, which is held by a winged putto on the left. There is another miniature of the Queen of France at the Wallace Collection (M119) as well as a painting (M437), both after a famous portrait by Jean-Marc Nattier.