22 May 2001
RENÉ-MARGUERITE MAGOL (1753-1793)
Suzanne Tarteyron d'Aubignac (1769-1859), seated in a wooded landscape, full face in pink dress with blue bodice and lace-bordered white fichu, curling powdered hair dressed 'à la Conseillère', her hands resting on the base of a closed fan; village beyond
signed and dated 'R. Magol 1787' (lower right)
2¾ in. (69 mm.) diam., silver-gilt mount
According to an old inscription on the reverse of the frame, given by Monsieur de Pelleport-Burète to Edouard Cruse.
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J. Du Pasquier, Pierre-Edouard Dagoty 1775-1871 et la miniature bordelaise au XIXe siècle, Chartres, 1974, pp. 23, 24, 26, illustrated p. 24 fig. 15.
Suzanne-Victoire Dupuy-Montbrun d'Aubignac de Rozières married in 1787, the year the present miniature was painted, Jean Tarteyron de Saint-Rémi, a wealthy negociant from Bordeaux and owner of several castles.
The miniaturist Magol was born in Lyons and came to Bordeaux about 1780. His hostility towards Marat led him directly to the guillotine. His shortened lifetime explains J. Du Pasquier's (op. cit., p. 23) statement: 'Ses oeuvres sont malheureusement très rares.'
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