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Legentil, Marie

French, 1828 - 1920

Marcotte d'Argenteuil, Marie; Marcotte, Marie


Marie Marcotte d'Argenteuil was born in 1828 to Charles Marcotte d'Argenteuil, patron of Ingres, and his wife and niece Louise Marie Phillipine née Becquet de Layens. Portrait drawings by Ingres of Marie at age 15 months and age 18 years have decended through the Marcotte family. In 1846 at age 18 Marie married Alexandre Félix Legentil [1821-1889]. Legentil retired from business in 1849 to devote his life to literature, art, and charity. His best known cause was the promotion of the Voeu National to which the Sacré Couer in Paris owes its existence. Due to the political situation in France, in 1870 the Legentils, along with Marie's sister Louise and her husband Hubert Rohault de Fleury, fled to Poitiers. The Legentils died childless [he in 1889 and she in 1920], and Marie's portion of the Marcotte family portrait collection passed to her niece, Elizabeth Pougin de la Maisonneuve.


Naef, Hans. "Ingres Portraits of the Marcotte Familty." The Art Bulletin XL (1958): 336-345.
Naef, Hans. Die Bildniszeichnungern von J.-A.-D. Ingres 5 vols. Bern, 1977-1980: II:503-533

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