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Title Portrait of Philippe Duc d'Orléans, Regent of France (1674 - 1723)
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Santerre, Jean-Baptiste (French painter, 1651-1717)
Date Earliest about 1710
Date Latest about 1717
Description This grandiose image follows in the tradition of French royal portraiture established by Rigaud's portrait of Louis XIV. Philippe, Duc d'Orléans was Louis' nephew and was anointed Regent from 1715-1723 during the minority of Louis XV. He is depicted wearing armour and holding the baton of a Marshal of the French armies to underline the military basis of France's (and his own) power.
Current Accession Number 1967P52
Former Accession Number P.52´67
Subject portrait (Philippe, Duc d'Orléans)
Measurements 126.4 x 101 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from David Peel & Co. Ltd 1967.
Provenance Guggenheim [;]; Sotheby's sale, 11 July 1962, lot 12 as signed and 57 x 44 ins, bought by Herner Wengraf Ltd, cut down.
Publications Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 130.
Notes Apparently cut down from the picture at Sotheby's, supposedly signed but this lost when canvas cut down. Engraved by Marie-Anne-Hycinthe Horthemels. Copy by Nicolas de Largillière sold Sotheby's, 3 - 4 July 1993, lot 1. Another by follower of Largillière sold Sotheby's at Summers Place, Billingshurst, West Sussex, 17 - 18 May 1994, lot 958.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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