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Portrait of an officer

circa 1714-circa 1715


Nicolas de Largillierre


10 Oct 1656 - 20 Mar 1746



circa 1714-circa 1715

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


65.5 x 54.1 cm original canvas; 65.9 x 55.1 cm stretcher; 90.0 x 78.8 x 10.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of James Fairfax AC 1995

Accession number


Artist information

Nicolas de Largillierre

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

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


The Comtesse Niel, 1928, France, by 1928

Palais Galliera, 02 Dec 1976, Paris/France, sale Palais Galliera, Paris, 2 Dec 1976, no 33

Colnaghi U.S.A., 1985-24 Oct 1988, New York/New York/United States of America, by 1985. Purchased by James Fairfax, 24 October 1988

James Oswald Fairfax AC, 24 Oct 1988-22 Jun 1995, Bowral/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of James Fairfax 1995

Referenced in 10 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, The James Fairfax collection of old masters, Sydney, 1992, pp [1], [3].

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1995, Sydney, 1995, pp 24, 56.

Richard Beresford and Peter Raissis, The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Sydney, 2003, pp 111–12, no 29, col illus pp 110, 113 (detail).

Colnaghi U.S.A., European paintings 1550-1800, New York, 1985, p 64, no 21, illus p 65.

Emmanuel Coquery (Editor), Visages du Grand Siècle: le portrait français sous le règne de Louis XIV, 1660-1715, Paris, 1997, illus p 153. As 'Portrait d'homme' location unknown.

Camille Gronowski, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol 17, 'L'exposition N. de Largillierre au Petit Palais', Paris, Jun 1928, pp 321–38: p 336 and note 1. 'Rigaud et Largillierre, peintres de mains' by Jean de Cayeux

Richard Nagy and Martyn Cook (Curators), The inspired spirit: three centuries of European painting, Sydney, 1986, p 48, no 21, col illus p 49.

Myra Nan Rosenfeld, Largillierre and the eighteenth-century portrait, Montreal, 1982, p 197, note 7.

Études d’art [publiées par le Musée National des Beaux-Arts d’Alger], vol 6, 1951, pp 33–56: p 45, illus fig 2, p 40.

Exposition N. de Largillierre, Paris, 1928, p 20, no 19.