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Marquis de Pastoret

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Claude-Emmanuel-Joseph-Pierre Pastoret is depicted in the year he became Chancellor of France, the culmination of a brilliant forty-year career in public life. The sitter's pose is relaxed and his face thoughtful and unidealized, but his prestige and power are emphasized by the billowing,...

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Inscription

Lower left: P. DelaRoche; Upper right (now barely visible): CLAUDE EMMANUEL JOSEPH PIERRE / MARQUIS DE PASTORET / CHANCELIER DE FRANCE / TUTEUR DES ENFANTS DE FRANCE

Provenance

By 1829, commissioned from the artist by Amédée-David de Pastoret (b. 1791 - 1857) son of the sitter, Claude-Emmanuel Joseph Pierre, Marquis de Pastoret (b. 1755/6 - d. 1840), Marseilles; 1857, by descent to the granddaughter of the sitter, the Marquise du Plessis Bellière (formerly de Pastoret) [see note 1]; May 10-11, 1897, sold by the estate of the Marquise de Plessis Bellière, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 25, possibly purchased by Edgar Degas, (b. 1834 - d. 1917), Paris [see note 2]. By 1900, Pierre Decourcelle (b. 1856 - d. 1926), Paris [see note 3]; May 29-30, 1911, Decourcelle sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 11, to the MFA for $6377. (Accession Date: July 6, 1911) NOTES: [1] According to Jean Guiffrey, "Recent Acquisitions of the Department of Painting" in the MFA Bulletin IX.53 (February 1911), pg. 47, upon her death, the Marquise de Plessis Belliere bequeathed all her property to the Pope. A legal decision overruled her will, leading to the public sale of her possessions in 1897. [2] According to Guiffrey, Pg. 47, also "The Private Collection of Edgar Degas," Metropolitan Museum of Art (1997), Cat. no. 442, Pg. 50. [3] P. Decourcelle lent the painting to the Paris Exposition in 1900, no. 230.

Credit Line

Susan Cornelia Warren Fund and the Picture Fund

1829

Dimensions

155.3 x 122.6 cm (61 1/8 x 48 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.1449

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

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