We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

Madame de La Porte

1754

Artist

Jean-Marc Nattier

France

17 Mar 1685 - 07 Nov 1766

Alternate image of Madame de La Porte by Jean-Marc Nattier
Alternate image of Madame de La Porte by Jean-Marc Nattier
Alternate image of Madame de La Porte by Jean-Marc Nattier
Alternate image of Madame de La Porte by Jean-Marc Nattier
Alternate image of Madame de La Porte by Jean-Marc Nattier
Alternate image of Madame de La Porte by Jean-Marc Nattier
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Portrait of Madame de La Porte, half length, wearing a white satin dress with gold embroidery and a blue cloak, with flowers in her hair
    Portrait of a young woman
    Date
    1754
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    80.8 x 64.1 approx original canvas; 81.7 x 65.4 cm stretcher; 111.0 x 94.5 x 10.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated centre left "Nattier/ ...1754".

    Credit
    Gift of William Bowmore OBE 1992
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    119.1992
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jean-Marc Nattier

    Works in the collection

    1

    Share
  • About

    Recently established as the portrait of a fellow painter's wife, this image is the last word in high fashion. The sitter's ensemble, overstated for any but an occasion of high formality, capitalises on a rumpled sash winding its attention-seeking way around Madame de la Porte's petite torso. Her overly bright eyes and eggshell skin contribute to an effect of artificiality. Although Nattier was not capable of Boucher's moments of naturalism, this image marks a shift in that direction, and away from the far more formally baroque language of his state portraits. In keeping with the high value placed on harmonious social relations in this age of Enlightenment, the present sitter regards the spectator with a look of courtesy mingled with candour. She is confident, yet not condescending. Her trust in Nattier is clear and clearly reciprocated.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 8 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 25 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    Rodolphe Kann, post 1880-08 Feb 1905, Paris/France, Purchased after March 1879 and before 1900. In the collection of Kann by 1900, see 'Gemaeldesammlung des Herrn Rudolf Kann in Paris' by W Bode, 1900. Rodolphe Kann began collecting in 1880. The collection was sold 'en bloc' in August 1907 to Duveen Brothers.

    Kann Estate, 08 Feb 1905-Aug 1907, Paris/France, The Rodolphe Kann collection was sold 'en bloc' in August 1907 to Duveen Brothers.

    Duveen Brothers (London, New York, Paris), Aug 1907-10 Sep 1908, Paris/France, [dealer] Kann Collection stock no. 152

    Sir Ernest Cassel, 10 Sep 1908-21 Sep 1921, London/England, Purchased by Sir Cassel from Duveen Brothers, Paris 10 September 1908

    Wilhelmina Cassel, 21 Sep 1921-16 Sep 1925, England, by descent, sister of Sir Cassel. Wilhelmina Cassel was bequeathed all of Sir Cassel's furniture, glass, pictures, fixtures and fittings and several properties for use during her life time, these all passed to her niece Edwina Mountbatten.

    Lady Louis Mountbatten, 16 Sep 1925-04 Feb 1946, London/England, by descent, Edwina Mountbatten granddaughter of Ernest Cassel. Sold it to Henry Morton Lee, London, on 5 Feb 1946 for ₤1,250

    Morton Lee, 04 Feb 1946-22 Feb 1946, London/England, [dealer] Eminent dealer in French art. Purchased from Lady Mountbatten 5 February 1946 for ₤1,250. Sold to Frank Partridge 22 February 1946

    Frank Partridge, 22 Feb 1946-13 Mar 1946, London/England, [dealer] Purchased by Frank Partridge, London, from Morton Lee, 22 February 1946

    Wildenstein & Co., 13 Mar 1946-1955, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by Wildenstein, London from Frank Partridge, 13 March 1946. Sold to Abby Rockefeller Mauze, 1955

    Abby Rockefeller Mauze, 1955-1976?, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by Abby Rockefeller Mauze, 1955

    Agnew's, London, 1976-18 Oct 1977, London/England, With Agnew's London circa 1976. Sold to William Bowmore, London, 18 October 1977 for ₤65,000 [Thos Agnew & Sons Ltd Archive, NG, London, stock number 9130]

    William Bowmore, 18 Oct 1977-04 Jun 1992, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by William Bowmore from Agnew's London 18 October 1977 for GiftThis painting was offered for sale at Christie's, London 14 Dec 1990, lot 72, but did not sell. Gift of William Bowmore OBE 1992.