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The Comte de Vaudreuil
François-Hubert Drouais
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The comte de Vaudreuil was only eighteen when his portrait was painted by Drouais in 1758. He was the son of the governor and commander-general of Saint-Domingue, at that time a French colony on the western end of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which is why he points to it on a map.

Vaudreuil was a junior army officer, but instead of his uniform he wears a blue velvet coat lined with squirrel fur and a brocade waistcoat with festoons of gold and silver lace. His wig is tied in place by a black silk ribbon fastened in a bow at the neck. The red heels on his shoes indicate his aristocratic status. Drouais’s idealising portraits often flattered his sitters. Although still only a young man and hardly in need of flattery, the count has a flawless complexion with rosy cheeks and lips and large bright eyes. The portrait has an air of informality and, rather than military stiffness, Vaudreuil’s long slender body has a slight tilt.

Key facts
Artist François-Hubert Drouais
Artist dates 1727 - 1775
Full title The Comte de Vaudreuil
Date made 1758
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 225.4 x 161.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
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 Room 33
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