Alexandre Charles Emmanuel de Crussol-Florensac - 1787
Oil on Wood, 35.5 x 25.5 in
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

This portrait is considered one of Vigee Le Brun's finest. It shows the sitter at the height of his military career, 2 years before the revolution. He wears the blue sash and the gold collar of the "Order of the Holy Ghost" and the cross of the "Knights of Malta." Crossol entered the service of the Comte d'artois (the future Charles X) in 1773, accompanying the prince at the seige of Gibraltar in 1782. During the revolution he fought for the Royalists. After the restoration of the monarchy he was elevated to peerage in 1814 by Louis XVIII. Vigee Le Brun's portrait of Alexandre's cherished companion, "The Marquise de Grollier," may be considered a pendant to this work.

The Museum Information Plate
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
French, 1755-1842

Alexandre Charles Emmanuel de Crussol-Florensac (1747-1815)

Oil on Wood
Signed and dated (upper right):L.ze E.bet vigée: LeBrun: P.xte
1787

This portrait--one of Vigée Le Brun's finest--shows Emmanuel de Crussol at the height of his military career, two years before the outbreak if the Revolution. He wears the blue sash and gold collar of the Order of the Holy Ghost and the Maltese cross of the Order of the Knights of Malta.

Crussol entered the service of the Comte d'Artoise (the future Charles X) in 1773, accompanying the prince at the seige of Gibraltar in 1782. During the Revolution he fought for the Royalist cause and, after the restoration of the monarchy, was elevated to the peerage in 1814 by Louis XVIII.

The Jules Bache Collection, 1949
49.7.53

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