Overall, loom width: H. 40 x W. 29 1/2in. (101.6 x 74.9cm);
Framed: H. 45 x W. 33 1/2 in. (114.3 x 85.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1941
Not on view
The inscription embroidered along the bottom of the portrait proclaims "From the Nile to the Bosphorus, the Ottoman trembles; her people adore her, the world applauds." This was written by the philosopher Voltaire expressly for Lasalle's woven portrait of the Russian empress.
Inscription: In upper left corner: LASALLE FECIT; across bottom: DU NIL AU BOSPHORE. L'OTTOMAN FREMIT. SON PEUPLE L'ADORE. LA TERRE APPLAUDIT (From the Nile to the Bosphorus the Ottoman trembles: Her people adore her, the world applauds.). Both inscriptions embroidered in white silk in satin stitch.
Mrs. Henry Walters , New York (until 1941; her sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 26, 1941, No. 623; sold to MMA)