Portrait of Nicolas Michel Cury

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Nicolas Michel Cury

Artist/Maker(s):

Charles-Nicolas Cochin II (French, 1715 - 1790)

Culture:

French

Date:

1785

Medium:

Black chalk

Dimensions:

15.6 x 9.5 cm (6 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.)

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Nicolas Michel Cury's slight smile suggests that although he held an important position in the court of Louis XV's government, he was not entirely without humor. Leisure and entertainment were a significant part of Parisian social life, and Cury seems to have possessed the wit and quick mind essential to ensuring success in social and professional circles. Charles-Nicolas Cochin's bust-length portrait of the thirty-two-year-old royal administrator of the forestry department shows a charming member of fashionable, high society in pre-Revolutionary France.

Provenance

J. A. Boussac, Paris (L. 729b)

Georges Dormeuil, 1846 - 1939, thence by descent

May 10, 1926

Galerie Georges Petit, lot 155

March 23, 2001

PIASA, lot 91

Exhibitions
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002
French Drawings from the Age of Greuze (September 10 to December 1, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 10 to December 1, 2002
A Revolutionary Age: Drawing in Europe, 1770-1820 (January 18 to May 1, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 18 to May 1, 2005