Portrait painter to Queen Marie Antoinette.
Third Person Letter, Marie Anne Vigee-Lebrun, one page, octavo, October 28, . In French.
Mme Le Brun, before returning to Paris next Monday, asks Monsieur Vattemare to do her the honor of visiting her tomorrow, Sunday. She will return the engravings he left with her, as she does not wish him to be exposed to their being ruined in her absence.
In 1835 and 1837, Marie Anne Vigee-Lebrun published her memoirs. She had led a long and eventful life. While still in her teens, she had shown a talent for portrait painting; as a young woman, she painted several portraits of Marie-Antoinette that the Queen liked so much, she was considered her favorite painter. The Queen helped her gain admission to the male-dominated Academie royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. When the royal family was arrested, Marie Anne Vigee-Lebrun fled France, first to Italy and then to Russia where, in both places, she was commissioned to paint portraits of wealthy and aristocratic patrons. With the arrival of Napoleon I, she was welcomed back to France where she continued actively painting well into her fifties.
Framed in carved ebony and gilt, with a lovely oval-shaped portrait of the painter, wearing a hat with a feather and carrying her palette. Framed measurements: 13 inches wide by 17 inches high.
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