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.