Philippe Vignon (Paris 1638-1701 ?)
Philippe Vignon (Paris 1638-1701 ?)

Group portrait, traditionally identified as three children of Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan (1640-1707): a young boy in a blue velvet coat with gold frogging, a lace jabot and plumed hat, with a parrot, a young girl in a red silk dress with lace trim, a flower garland and a lap dog, a young girl in a blue silk dress with lace trim and a posey, sitting on a gold-embroidered velvet pillow

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Philippe Vignon (Paris 1638-1701 ?)
Group portrait, traditionally identified as three children of Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan (1640-1707): a young boy in a blue velvet coat with gold frogging, a lace jabot and plumed hat, with a parrot, a young girl in a red silk dress with lace trim, a flower garland and a lap dog, a young girl in a blue silk dress with lace trim and a posey, sitting on a gold-embroidered velvet pillow
signed and dated 'Vignon. FT. 1690' (left, on the stone ledge)
oil on canvas
38 ½ x 51 ½ in. (97.7 x 130.8 cm.)
in a contemporary French carved and gilded oak leaf frame
Provenance
Probably Sir Henry Hope Edwardes Bt., Wooton Hall, Derbyshire and by descent to
Lt. Col. Herbert James Hope-Edwardes, Netley Hall, Shropshire, and by descent to
Lady More (née Hope-Edwardes formerly, Coldwell), Netley Hall and subsequently Linley Hall, Shropshire, and by descent.
Literature
T. Cox, Inventory of the contents of Netley Hall, Shropshire, 1917, p. 6 (small drawing room).
A. Oswald, 'Linley Hall, Shropshire -II, The Home of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper More.', Country Life, 14 September 1961, p. 560, illustrated in the saloon.

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Philippe Vignon was the son of the baroque artist Claude Vignon from his first marriage to Charlotte de Leu. He worked predominantly as a portrait artist and painted the double portrait of Françoise-Marie de Bourbon (1677-1749) and her sister Louise-Françoise de Bourbon (1673-1743), two of the seven children of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, the king's maîtresse-en-titre. The sitters in this portrait have traditionally been identified as the children of Madame de Montespan.

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