Oil on Canvas, 36" x 28"
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NewYork
Catherine Noele Verlee (called Worlee) was born in Tranquebar, India, in 1762, where her father was a French official. In 1778, when she was barely 16, she married George Francis Grand. After adventures in Calcutta and London they settled in Paris where she was painted by Vigée Le Brun. She divorced Grand, and in 1802 married Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, Duc de Périgord, later Prince de Bénévent. They separated in 1815. She died in 1835. This painting is also known as "The music lesson". A variant of this painting exists, which some have attributed to vlb, though the artist only listed one portrait of Mdm Grand in 1783. (vlb had erroneously listed a portrait of Mdm Grand in 1776, but at that time the sitter was still an unmarried girl, living in India.)
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