Portrait of Marc de Villiers

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Portrait of Marc de Villiers


Jacques-André-Joseph Aved (French, 1702 - 1766)




Paris, France (Place Created)




Oil on canvas

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148.6 × 114.9 cm (58 1/2 × 45 1/4 in.)

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Jacques-André-Joseph Aved created a sense of immediacy by depicting Marc de Villiers, a high government official to the court of Louis XV, leaning slightly forward while fixing the spectator with an intense gaze. Next to him an ornate desk is covered with parliamentary and state papers. Grasping the arm of the chair as if about to rise, Villiers holds a copy of Homer's Iliad in his right hand, giving the impression that he has been interrupted while reading. By appearing in his study and in casual dress, the sitter presents himself not only as a high-ranking official but also as a gentleman scholar.

1747 - 1762

Marc de Villiers, 1671 - 1762 (Paris, France), commissioned from the artist, 1747; by inheritance to Jacques Étienne de Villiers, 1762.

1762 - still in 1786

Jacques Étienne de Villiers, born 1711, by inheritance to Marc Étienne de Villiers du Terrage, after 1786.

- 1819

Marc Étienne de Villiers du Terrage, 1742 - 1819, by inheritance to his eldest son, Paul Étienne de Villiers du Terrage, 1819.

1819 -

Viscount Paul Étienne de Villiers du Terrage, 1774 - 1858, possibly by gift to his younger brother, René Édouard de Villiers du Terrage.


René Édouard de Villiers du Terrage, 1780 - 1855, possibly by inheritance to Aimé Édouard de Villiers du Terrage.

by 1935 -

Viscount de Villiers du Terrage, by inheritance to Jeanne-Marie de Villiers du Terrage.
Source: Wildenstein, "Premier supplément" (1935), p. 167.

- 1979

Maurice Segoura Gallery (New York, New York), sold through an intermediary to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1979.

Salon of 1747 (August 1747)
  • Salon, Palais du Louvre (Paris), 1747
Eighteenth Century French Academic Art, Selected Works (June to August 1979)
  • Maurice Segoura Gallery (New York), June to August 1979
An Elegant Art: Fashion and Fantasy in the 18th Century (March 8 to June 2, 1983)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), March 3 to June 2, 1983
A Magic Mirror: The Portrait in France, 1700 - 1900 (October 10, 1986 to January 25, 1987)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 10, 1986 to January 25, 1987
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012

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[Le Blanc, Jean-Bernard]. Lettre sur l'exposition des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, &c. de l'année 1747 (n.p.: n.p., 1747), p. 83.

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Spike, John T. "Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions: New York." The Burlington Magazine 121, no. 918 (September 1979), pp. 606, 608, fig. 78.

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Thoisy-Dallem, Anne de. "La vieille robe de chambre de Diderot et les vêtements d'intérieur masculins au Siècle des lumières." La Revue des Musées de France. Revue du Louvre 1 (2016), pp. 66-75, fig. 14.

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