• Christie's Interiors  auction at Christies

    Sale 2190

    Christie's Interiors

    1 - 2 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 191

    Follower of Robert Tournières

    Portrait of the Duke of Berwick, half-length, in armor

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Follower of Robert Tournières
    Portrait of the Duke of Berwick, half-length, in armor
    bears signature and the date 'R. Tournières 1708.' (lower right) and inscribed 'MARÉCHAL DUC de BERWICK Vainqueur d'Almanza. .1707.' (upper left)
    oil on canvas
    45 7/8 x 35¼ in. (116.4 x 89.5 cm.)


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    The sitter, James FitzJames, was the son of Arabella Churchill and James II of England, and during his father's reign he was created Duke of Berwick. FitzJames was granted French citizenship in 1703 and created Mareschal in 1706. On 25 April 1707, he led the Franco-Spanish army to victory against the English and Portuguese in the Battle of Almansa, one of the key military engagements of the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1714).

    Provenance

    Count Brossin de Mere, Picardie, France.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN