Artist: Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris)
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 35 3/8 x 25 1/2 in. (89.9 x 64.8 cm)
Credit Line: The Jules Bache Collection, 1949
Accession Number: 49.7.53
This portrait—one of Vigée Le Brun's finest—shows Emmanuel de Crussol at the height of his career, two years before the outbreak of the Revolution. He wears the blue sash and collar of the order of the Saint-Esprit and the Maltese cross of the order of the Knights of Malta.
Crussol entered the service of the comte d'Artois (the future Charles X) in 1773. During the Revolution he fought for the Royalist cause and after the restoration of the monarchy was elevated to the peerage in 1814 by Louis XVIII.