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    Sale 2175

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    4 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 50

    Studio of Hyacinthe Rigaud (Perpignan 1659-1743 Paris)

    Portrait of Sébastien le Prestre, Marquis de Vauban, Maréchal de France, in a breastplate, wearing the Order of Saint Esprit

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    Studio of Hyacinthe Rigaud (Perpignan 1659-1743 Paris)
    Portrait of Sébastien le Prestre, Marquis de Vauban, Maréchal de France, in a breastplate, wearing the Order of Saint Esprit
    oil on canvas, unfinished
    51 x 38 in. (129.5 x 96.5 cm.)


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    Sebastien Le Prestre, Marshal Vauban (Saint-Leger-de-Foucherets 1633-1707 Paris), is France's most renowned military engineer. Throughout his career in the service of Louis XIV, Vauban consolidated the kingdom's borders by establishing a networks of citadels with modern fortifications that encircled the country, many of which still stand today.

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    Provenance

    Ralph Bernal; Christie's, London, 5 March 1855, lot 787, as 'Rigaud' where acquired by
    William Alexander Anthony Archibald, 11th Duke of Hamilton, Hamilton Palace, Scotland, thence by descent to
    William Alexander Louis Stephen, 12th Duke of Hamilton; Christie's, London, 17-20 July 1882, lot 1112.
    Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, and by descent to
    Rt. Hon. Sir Albert Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery; Christie's, London, 5 May 1939, lot 121, as 'Rigaud'.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 2 May 1958, lot 35, as 'Rigaud'.


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