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Portrait of Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné

After Claude Lefèbvre (French, Fontainebleau 1632–1675 Paris)
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Robert Nanteuil (French, Reims 1623–1678 Paris)
17th century
Black chalk and colored chalks
12 1/4 x 10 in. (29.2 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: at top in black chalk, "Marie de Rabutin Chantal Marquise de Sévigné".
John Heugh , According to Michael Benisovich's 1943 Burlington article, the drawing came from Heugh's collection in 1879. Heugh had a sale at Christie's London on Feb. 26 - 28, 1879, but this catalogue is not in the U.S.A.; Lord Ronald Charles Sutherland Leveson Gower (British)his sale, London, Christie, Manson, and Woods, Jan. 28, 1911. lot 21 (called Robert Nanteuil, "Marie de Rabutin Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné"); Vendor: through Robert Langton Douglas (British), agent for the Museum
"Recent Accessions and Notes." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. vol. 6, no. 6, New York, June 1911, p. 140.

Walter Mehring European Drawings from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Portfolio of Collotype Reproductions [Vol. 1: Italian Drawings; Vol. 2: Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings; Vol. 3: "New Series": Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3 vols., New York, 1942–44, cat. no. 57 (vol.2), fig. no. 57, ill.

Michel Benisovich "The French Drawings of the Metropolitan Museum." The Burlington Magazine. vol. 82, London, March 1943, Plate I, B, pp. 70, 71, ill.

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