1 November 1996
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
Louis Tocqué (1696-1772)
Portrait of a Lady, seated half length, in a blue fur-trimmed cloak and bonnet, holding a porte-crayon, in an interior
indistinctly signed and dated 'G.L.Tocque/pinxit 1744' (centre right, on cupboard door)
oil on canvas
32 1/8 x 25½in. (81.5 x 65cm.)
The Duke of Marlborough, 31 Dec. 1945 (according to a label on the stretcher).
The Dowager Lady Hillingdon, D.B.E., 1956.
Lord Hillingdon; Christie's, 7 July 1972, lot 19, as J.M. Nattier.
with David Carritt, London, 1978.
Anon. Sale, Christie's, 11 Dec. 1981, lot 102.
Anon. Sale, Christie's, Monaco, 3 April 1987, lot 87.
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K. Roberts, Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions, The Burlington Magazine, CXX, no. 903, June 1978, p. 409 and p. 407, fig. 67.
The sitter may be Madame de Livry, wife of the 'premier commis de M. le Comte de Saint Florentine', as no other known portrait by Tocqué corresponds with the description of the portrait of this sitter 'en mantelet bleu', which was exhibited as no. 77 in the salon of 1750.
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