Antique portrait in pastel

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Antique portrait of a lady in pastel of Mlle Dore, There is one in the Victorian and Albert South Kensington collection. In pencil on the reverse is inscribed Mlle Dore, Victoria and Albert South Kensington. The Frame for this one is rather special and gilded. There is perhaps some restoration required at the top of the frame. Below are the details of the Victoria and Albert oil Painting.

François Hubert Drouais (1727-1775) was born in Paris. He trained with his father, Hubert Drouais (1699-1767) and then with Donat Nonotte (1708-1785), Carle van Loo (1705-1765), Charles-Joseph Natoire (1700-1777) and François Boucher (1703-1770). He became a member of the Académie Royale in 1755 and achieved quickly a great success as a portrait painter, receiving prestigious commissions, especially from the court.

This painting depicts a young lady whose costume is datable ca. 1760. She is identified by an inscription on the parapet reading 'Mlle Doré', which could refer to either the future wife of the painter, Anne-Françoise Doré or her sister, Marie-Jeanne. This painting is a good example of Drouais' production of portraits, a category in which he specialised with success.

Portrait of Mlle Doré About 1760 This young sitter, probably the future wife of the painter, wears several items made from unpatterned silks. Her gown, its trimmings and the trimmings on her hat are of plain blue taffeta or satin, and her hat is covered in black silk. Skilled artisans and servants, as well as nobles and bourgeois, wore such fabrics, which were available in a great variety of colours. France (Paris) By François-Hubert Drouais Oil on canvas Bequeathed by John Jones (09/12/2015)

The following is the label text from 1971 for Galleries 1-7 of the V&A:
"AN UNKNOWN GIRL Atrributed to MARIE-JEANNE DORÉ (b. 1736) Inscribed on parapet: Melle. Dore. French School, about 1765. In an 18th century carved frame. This painting has close affinity with the work of François-Hubert Drouais (1727-75) and it was formerly described as a portrait of Mademoiselle Doré by Drouais. However, there was a portrait painter who signed herself Mlle Dore in 1763 and 1765-about the time when this picture was painted-and it seems likely that, in this case also, Mademoiselle Doré was the painter rather than the sitter. She is probably to be indentified with Marie-Jeane Doré, Drouais' sister in law. Jones Collection. Museum No. 600-1882."
(This is a copy of a work attributed to French portraitist François-Hubert Drouais, dated c.1765, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The original has an inscription on the parapet, which reads 'Mlle Doré'. This work was formerly attributed to Marie-Jeanne Doré (born 1736), the artist's sister-in-law, who is said to have painted miniature portraits. It has been suggested that she painted two further portraits which include the inscription or signature 'Mlle Doré'. However, the style and quality of the original version of this painting and the fact that it has given rise to at least two copies (another was sold through Sotheby's, London, in 2007) support the attribution to Drouais himself.

The identification of the sitter is also a subject of debate. It has been suggested that it represents either Madame Drouais, wife of the artist, before their marriage (hence the inscription 'Mlle' or 'Miss') or Doré, the sister-in-law of the artist, who came to live with the family after the wedding. Although the work bears a similarity to a portrait of Madame Drouais of c.1758 in the Louvre, it is thought more likely (based on the apparent age of the sitter) to represent Doré.)
Daylight Size..47cm x 55 cm.