Portrait of Nicolas Michel Cury
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Charles-Nicolas Cochin
French, 1785
Black chalk

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.