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Antoine Pâris
Hyacinthe Rigaud

This portrait is one of the two recorded by Rigaud as being painted in around 1724. Antoine Pâris (1668-1733) was the oldest of four brothers, sons of an innkeeper, all of whom became wealthy financiers during the early 18th century. Antoine held lucrative appointments in connection with the army and the royal Treasury, but he and his brothers were banished in 1726 when Cardinal Fleury became Louis XV's first minister.

The fine characterisation of the head, a hallmark of the work of Rigaud and of his contemporary, Largilliere, seems almost eclipsed by the grandeur of the setting and the bravura handling of the draperies. Antoine Pâris is shown with the grandiloquence characteristic of Rigaud's court portraits: seated in a library beside an elaborate table with the base of an immense column to one side and a vase to the other. Clutching a blue velvet drapery he turns to the right as though greeting an unseen visitor.

The painting's frame is the original.

Key facts
Artist Hyacinthe Rigaud
Artist dates 1659 - 1743
Full title Antoine Pâris
Date made probably 1724
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 144.7 x 110.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1975
Inventory number NG6428
Location in Gallery Room 33
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