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image of Elizabeth Throckmorton, Canoness of the Order of the Dames Augustines Anglaises Nicolas de Largillierre (artist)
French, 1656 - 1746
Elizabeth Throckmorton, Canoness of the Order of the Dames Augustines Anglaises, 1729
oil on canvas
overall: 81.5 x 65.7 cm (32 1/16 x 25 7/8 in.) framed: 115.6 x 89.5 cm (45 1/2 x 35 1/4 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1964.20.1
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From the Tour: 18th-Century France — Chardin and Portraiture
Object 8 of 11

During Largillière's long life portraiture evolved to satisfy new patrons from the wealthy bourgeoisie. Elizabeth Throckmorton was an English Catholic whose family left England rather than acknowledge its Protestant church. She entered an Augustinian house in Paris and served twice as Mother Superior before her death in 1760. Largillière's great facility with color shows in the complex pleats of her robe, the transparency of her dark veil, and the delicacy of her complexion. The fragile hues and soft atmosphere complement her calm beauty.

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