Portrait bust of François de Saligna de la Motte Fénélon

second half of 18th century
After Jean-Louis Lemoyne (1665–1755)

Object Place: Europe, France


Overall (with socle): 36 cm (14 3/16 in.) Other (without socle): 27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cast terracotta with tinted plaster repair

Not On View





After a marble bust by Jean-Louis Lemoyne for the funeral monument of Fénélon (Musée de Cambrai). The sitter looks slightly to his left. His hair falls in loose curls to the nape of his neck, the crown of his head is covered by a small round cap. He wears an ecclesiastical robe with small buttons along the center front and an attached hood folded at the back of his neck. Around his neck he wears a squared collar with a hemmed border. From under the collar and over his shoulders hangs a broad ribbon with an eight-point cross pendant on which a bird with its wings spread appears in relief. The sitter has a prominent forehead and nose with a thin, closed mouth. His eyes are large, the pupils and irises incised. The truncation is cut from the middle of the upper arms to just above the waist of the sitter.


Inscribed on back of truncation in clay before firing: francois de Salignac/dela motte fenellon/archeveque de cambray


By 1948, Wildenstein & Co, New York; November 24, 1948, sold by Wildenstein & Co to Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection