Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Périgord (1754–1838), Prince de Talleyrand

Artist: Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, Cluny 1758–1823 Paris)

Date: 1817

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 85 x 55 7/8 in. (215.9 x 141.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, in memory of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.190


The sitter, a brilliant political figure who served under every French ruler from Louis XVI to Louis-Philippe, commissioned this portrait from Prud'hon in 1817. The artist had already painted two full-length portraits of Talleyrand for Napoleon for the Château de Compiègne: one in 1806 (Château de Valençay) and another in 1807 (Musée Carnavalet, Paris). The pose here was based on the 1807 picture while the costume was updated.