The portrait was probably exhibited at the Salon in 1759. The sitter, the Comte de Vaudreuil, (1740 - 1817), son of the Governor of Santo Domingo, a French colony in the West Indies, is represented at the age of 18. His origins are stressed in the painting, which is unusual in showing the sitter holding out a map hanging on the wall, as he points to the place of his birth. The armour on the square of parquet at his feet, contrasting with the elegance of the chair and the costume, indicates military ambitions and the map in the background represents Germany, where Vaudreuil acted as aide-de-camp to the French commander during the Seven Years' War.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1727 - 1775
Full title
Le Comte de Vaudreuil
Date made
1758
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
225.4 x 161.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Barons Emile-Beaumont d'Erlanger, Frédéric d'Erlanger and Rodolphe d'Erlanger, in memory of their parents, 1927
Inventory number
NG4253
Location in Gallery