Presumed Portrait of Chevalier de Damery

about 1765
Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725–1805)


Dimensions

65.1 x 55.2 cm (25 5/8 x 21 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1982.140

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Ann and William Elfers Gallery (Gallery 245)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

The sitter for this portrait is believed to be the Chevalier de Damery, who was an officer in the French Guard and a patron and close friend of Greuze. The carefully detailed military decorations on the gentleman’s jacket indicate that he had received the Ordre de Saint-Louis. This portrait demonstrates the artist’s expertise in rendering the textures of lavish materials-gold brocade, delicate lace, and sumptuous velvet-without drawing attention away from the sitter’s expressive face.

Provenance

By 1866, Boittelle Collection, Paris; April 24, 1866, sold at Boittelle sale, Paris, lot 61, and bought by Boiset. By 1904, Princess Mathilde; May 17, 1904, sold at Mathilde sale, Chevallier, Paris, lot 34 [as "Portrait of a Knight of Saint Louis"]. By 1979, Mr. David Ames, Mr. Oliver F. Ames, and Mrs. Peter S. Thompson, Boston [see note 1]; 1982, sold by Mr. David Ames, Mr. Oliver F. Ames, and Mrs. Peter S. Thompson to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 10, 1982)

NOTES:
[1] lent by Mrs. David Ames, Mr. Oliver F. Ames, and Mrs. Peter S. Thompson to the MFA on May 31, 1979. (loan number: 58.1979)

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund