Cardinal Fleury

André-Hercule de Fleury (1653 - 1743) was tutor to the young King Louis XV. He was made a cardinal in 1726 and became in effect Prime Minister of France. The original version of this work is thought to be a painting at Versailles. Many copies of the portrait were made in Rigaud's studio. Other copies exist which are not contemporary.

Key facts

Artist dates
1659 - 1743
Full title
Cardinal Fleury
Date made
after 1728
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
80 x 64.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by the widow of General Charles Richard Fox, son of the 3rd Lord Holland, 1874
Inventory number
Location in Gallery