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Title Portrait of a Lady Dressed in Silver
Alternative Title Portrait of a Lady Dressed in a White Dress
Original Translation Portrait d'une Dame
Collection Bury Art Gallery, Museum & Archives
Artist Belle, Alexis-Simon (French painter, 1674-1734)
Date 1718 (dated)
Signed yes
Description This lady's identity is unknown but she could well have been a member of the French court or a supporter of the exiled Stuarts seeking their restoration to the British throne. After his apprenticeship to the portrait painter Francois de Troy, Belle exhibited for the first time at the Salon in 1704. He became established as a court painter, executing numerous portraits of members of the French court from 1703. He also served the court of the exiled Stuarts at Saint Germain en Laye and through his Jacobite connections received commissions from English patrons sympathetic to the Stuart cause.
Current Accession Number BUYGM:0637:1950
Inscription front ll 'Peint par Belle, 1718'
Subject portrait (female)
Measurements 208 x 147 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Thomas Agnew & Sons 1950.
Provenance Berwick sale, Christie's, London, 21 October, 1949
Publications Camus, Fabien, 'Alexis-Simon Belle: Portraitiste de Cour (1674-1734)', Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français, 1991, p. 40.
Notes References: Messelet, J., 'Belle 1674 à 1734' in Dimier, L., Les Peintres Français du XVIIe Siècle, Paris & Brussels, 1930, vol.II, p. 289; 'Alexis-Simon Belle (1674-1734): Peintre de Jaques III et des Jacobites', Revue de la Bibliothèque Nationale, 46, winter 1992, pp. 50-57.
Rights Owner Bury Art Gallery Museum and Archive
Author Lisa Howard
 

 

 

 

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