Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
French, 1755-1842

Comtesse de la Chatre (Marie Charlotte Louise Perrette Aglae Bontemps, 1762-1848)

Oil on Canvas

When this portrait was painted in 1789, the sitter, daughter of Louis XV's premier valet de chambre, was the wife of the comte de le Chatre. She later married Francois Annail de Jaucourt which accounts for the traditional title of the painting as the marquise de Jaucourt. For daily wear and for portraits, Vigée Le Brun favored white muslin dresses in this style for what she saw as their timeless, classical simplicity.

Gift of Jessie Woolworth Donahue, 1954