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    Sale 5432

    Old Master & British Pictures

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 176

    Jean-François-Gilles Colson (Dijon 1733-1803 Paris)

    A maidservant

    Price Realised  

    Jean-François-Gilles Colson (Dijon 1733-1803 Paris)
    A maidservant
    oil on canvas
    16 3/8 x 12 7/8 in. (41.6 x 32.6 cm.)


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    Jean-François Gilles, called Colson, was the son of the miniaturist Jean-Baptiste Gilles. He settled in Paris around 1759, and quickly specialised in portraits and genre scenes. His best known painting, The Rest, of 1759, shows a young serving girl similar to the subject of the present work, sleeping after a hard day's labour. In both works Colson shows his admiration for Jean-Baptiste Greuze.

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