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The Duchesse de Polignac in Profile

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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Vigée Le Brun admired the duchesse de Polignac (1749–1793)—a favorite of Marie Antoinette and governess to the royal children—for what the artist described as her beauty, sweetness, and solid mind. Shown here in traveling costume, the sitter emigrated in July 1789, eventually settling in Vienna, where she died only a few years later.

The Duchesse de Polignac in Profile, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Black and white chalk with stumping on gray-beige paper

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