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Portrait of Madame de Carnavalet (?)
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Portrait of Madame de Carnavalet (?)

Nicolas Quesnel (op.1574-m.1632)

Chalk (black and coloured) on paper

Height: 32.5 cm; Width: 22.3 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
According to the inscription, the sitter is Madame de Carnavalet (Kernevenoy), a Breton noblewoman and lady-in-waiting to Marguerite de Valois, Queen of France. Quesnel, part of a family of artists who specialised in portraits, has not softened flaws in her features, but has nonetheless rendered her with the gravity and elegance typical of late sixteenth-century French court portraiture. The inscription suggests that the drawing was kept in an album as part of a series. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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