portrait of louisjeanmarie de bourbon duc de penthivre c1745 circle of maurice de la tour

Portrait of Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, Duc de Penthièvre c.1745; Circle of Maurice de la Tour.



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Oil on canvas in a carved and giltwood frame.
Portrait of Louis-Jean-Marie de Bourbon, Duc de Penthièvre, standing half length, wearing armour and the Order of the Saint-Esprit.
LOUIS-JEAN-MARIE DE BOURBON (16 November 1725 – 4 March 1793) was the son of Louis Alexandre de Bourbon and his wife Marie Victoire de Noailles. He was also a grandson of Louis XIV of France and his mistress, Madame de Montespan. From birth he was known as the Duke of Penthièvre. He also possessed the following titles: Prince of Lamballe (given later as a courtesy title to the duke's only surviving son); Prince of Carignano; Duke of Rambouillet; Duke of Aumale (1775); Duke of Gisors; Duke of Châteauvillain; Duke of Arc-en-Barrois; Duke of Amboise; Count of Eu; Count of Guingamp. He was the father in law of Philippe Égalité.
On 2 July 1733 at the age of eight, he was made a maréchal de camp (field marshal) and the next year, a lieutenant général . In 1740, he received the Ordre de la Toison d'or from his Bourbon cousin, the King of Spain. In 1742, King Louis XV conferred upon him the Order of the Holy Spirit. (This portrait He served in the military under his maternal uncle, the maréchal-duc de Noailles, and fought brilliantly at Dettingen in 1743 and Fontenoy in 1745.
In 1744, at the age of nineteen, Penthièvre married Princess Maria Teresa Felicitas of Modena, (1726-1754), the daughter of Francesco III d'Este, the sovereign Duke of Modena and Reggio, and his first cousin, Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans.
The Duchess of Penthièvre died after her last childbirth in 1754. Very badly hurt by the loss of his young wife, the duke never married again.
MAURICE QUENTIN DE LA TOUR (5 September 1704 – 17 February 1788) was a French Rococo portraitist. Among his most famous subjects were Voltaire, Rousseau, Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour.
On 25 May 1737 La Tour was officially recognised (agréé) by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and soon attracted the attention of the French court. According to Jeffares, he had an apartment in the Palais du Louvre in 1745, although his portraits for the royal family had ceased by the late 1760s. La Tour was popularly perceived as endowing his sitters with a distinctive charm and intelligence.
SIZE: 36 x 29.5 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: The Collection of the late Anne, Lady Winnington of Brockhill Court, Worcestershire, and London.
Verso: inscription 'Sir F W '(presumably Sir Francis Winnington).
Internal Ref: 9049


Height = 91 cm (36")
Width = 75 cm (30")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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