PAINTING: Cattaneo G. (school of)
KEY: CA 1
Madama Poissons d'Estiolles March. of P*******
Private collection of Mr. Crivellin
cm. 8 X 13,5
I found this portrait on the first page of a biography, written in 1762 and published in 1766 (two years after her death).
This is the first page of the book:
"Memorie per servire alla vera storia di madama
d'Estiolles Marchesa di P******* "
Antonio Graziosi printed the book in Venice.
The portrait is signed: "Cattaneo scol".
This picture is probably derived from a pastel by Charles Coypel, executed around 1745 and known only from an engraving by Surugue dated 1746 entitled Mad. De ** en habit de Bal.
The work is discussed in Thierry Lefrançoiss monograph on Coypel (1994), no. P.235, where the subject is identified as a Mme de Mouchy on the basis of a manuscript catalogue of the engraved work after Coypel
I am not sure whether we can rely on that identification,but it seems much more likely, given the date of the Coypel, this engraver has simply borrowed this elegant image for his purpose.
That is the conclusion which Xavier Salmon reaches in his article, p. 507 of the catalogue of Madame de Pompadour et les arts.
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