The Duchess of Chaulnes as a Gardener in an Allée

Object Details

Title:

The Duchess of Chaulnes as a Gardener in an Allée

Artist/Maker(s):

Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle (French, 1717 - 1806)

Culture:

French

Date:

1771

Medium:

Watercolor and gouache over black and red chalk on off-white paper

Dimensions:

31.8 x 19.1 cm (12 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)

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In this poignant portrait, Louis Carmontelle depicted Marie d'Albert de Luynes taking up the vogue for gardening that Queen Marie Antoinette had popularized among noble women. Gently raking in a verdant allée or garden path, Marie probably posed during a social event at the Parisian court of the duc d'Orléans. At the duke's parties, master of ceremonies Louis Carmontelle entertained guests by drawing on-the-spot portraits.

Marie's wistful expression may reflect her restricted opportunities for amusement. Married at fourteen, her husband rejected her before consummating the marriage. Condemned to lifelong virginity, Marie began dressing only in white.

Carmontelle first sketched using black chalk for the body and red chalk for the arms and face. Later on, he added watercolor, allowing much of the black chalk and blank white paper in her dress to show through.

Provenance
April 17, 1807

Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle, French, 1717 - 1806, Paris, part of lot 22

Chevalier Richard de Lédans

John Duff

Major Lachlan Duff Gordon-Duff (Dummuir and Park), by descent

Private Collection

Art Market (London)

July 18, 1831

Pierre de La Mésangère (Paris), part of lot 304

December 15, 1992

Christie's (London), lot 177

Exhibitions
Drawn Toward Nature: Landscapes and Gardens in Ancién-Regime France (June 13 to August 27, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 13 to August 27, 1995, (Cat.)
Portrait Drawings 1500 - 1900 (January 30 to May 12, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 30 to May 12, 1996, (Cat.)
Color in Drawing (March 10 to May 24, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 10 to May 24, 1998, (Cat.)
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th Century Motion Picture (2000) (March 14 to May 28, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 14 to May 28, 2000, (Cat.)
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520 - 1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th Century Motion Picture (March 14 to June 18, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 14 to June 18, 2006, (Cat.)
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009, (Cat.)