Gaspard Gédéon Pétau de Maulette (1696-1746) was a knight and lord of De Maulette. According to the catalogue for the exhibition held at the Musée Carnavalet, Paris, in 1950, a photograph of the painting identifying the sitter as Monsieur Pétau de Maulette is included in Georges Sortais' 'Fonds Largilliere' in the Cabinet des Estampes of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. A pendant portrait of Madame Pétau, last recorded in the Capdevielle collection, was exhibited at the Largillierre retrospective held at the Petit Palais, Paris, May-June 1928, no. 119. Both portraits were owned by the Pétau de Maulette family until 1922.