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Studio of Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (Saint-Quentin 1704-1788)
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Studio of Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (Saint-Quentin 1704-1788)

Portrait of Duval de L'Epinoy, seated at his desk, holding a snuff box

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Studio of Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (Saint-Quentin 1704-1788)
Portrait of Duval de L'Epinoy, seated at his desk, holding a snuff box
pastel, extended at the edges
28 x 22¾ in. (713 x 577 mm.)
Provenance
Baron de Beurnonville; Paris, 9-16 May 1881, lot 122 (as M.-Q. de Latour, Portrait de Buffon, 3,000 frs. to Pereire).
André Pereire, Geneva, 1951.
Literature
A. Besnard, La Tour, la vie et l'oeuvre de l'artiste, Paris, 1928, no. 49 (as by La Tour, Portrait of Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon).
Exhibited
Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, De Watteau à Cézanne, 1951, no. 39.
Geneva, Musée Rath, Trésors des collections romandes. Écoles étrangères, 1954, no. 43.
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Lot Essay

A studio version, with minor variations, of Latour's pastel exhibited at the Salon of 1745, formerly in the collection of Henri de Rothschild and now in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, A. Besnard, op. cit., no. 133, pl. 124.
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