Circle of Caspar Netscher (Heidelberg 1639-1684 The Hague)
Circle of Caspar Netscher (Heidelberg 1639-1684 The Hague)

Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as François Michel le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois (1641-1691), three-quarter-length, in an embroidered waistcoat and a blue coat, by a draped table, a drawing of a fortification in his left hand, in a classical courtyard, a landscape beyond

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Circle of Caspar Netscher (Heidelberg 1639-1684 The Hague)
Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as François Michel le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois (1641-1691), three-quarter-length, in an embroidered waistcoat and a blue coat, by a draped table, a drawing of a fortification in his left hand, in a classical courtyard, a landscape beyond
oil on canvas
25 x 29 in. (63.5 x 73.7 cm.)
Provenance
A. V. Salwey, Ludlow (according to a label on the reverse).
Literature
H. A. Treu, in Nieuwjaarsbrief 1988, Stichting Menno van Coehoorn, illus.

Lot Essay

François Michel Le Tellier was the Secretary of State for War under King Louis XIV of France. It has also been suggested that the sitter in this portrait may be identified as the military engineer Menno, Baron van Coehoorn (1641-1704).
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