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The Comtesse de Tillières
  • Date: 1750
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 80 x 63 cm
  • Frame size: 106 x 90.5 x 10 cm
  • Inv: P453
  • Location: Dining Room
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Further Reading
  • The sitter, identified by a label on the reverse, is Michelle-Julie-Françoise-d’Esparbès de Lussard d’Aubetterre de Jonzac (c.1715-57), who married the marquis de Tillières in 1730, and bore him two sons. She is shown wearing a simple powdered coiffure and a blue silk pelisse trimmed with squirrel fur. Works of this kind displayed a new conception in French portraiture that aimed above all at ‘naturalness’, which was to find its most notable expression in the work of the pastellist Maurice Quentin de La Tour.

    Nattier painted this portrait at the time of his greatest success, after his portrait of the French queen Maria Leczinska of 1748 (see P437). The late 1740s mark a moment in his career when he was increasingly concentrating on the sitter's personality.