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Madame de Thellusson makes a grand gesture amidst a swirl of deliciously coloured drapery. The artist Nicolas de Largillière was adept at producing magnificent portraits for wealthy patrons. Sarah Le Boullenger (1700-1769), had married Isaac de Thellusson in 1722, and the portrait is dated 1725. He came from a Huguenot family of financiers and, from 1730, was the Genevan ambassador in Paris. Their sons were also financiers, and the youngest, Peter, settled in England in 1761. He amassed a fortune, and bought land including the Brodsworth estate in Yorkshire. On his death in 1797, his infamous will tied his property up for over half a century, during which time it was fiercely fought over in the courts. Brodsworth was eventually inherited by his great-grandson, Charles Sabine Thellusson, who built the present house in the 1860s.

English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall



Madame Isaac de Thellusson, née Sarah le Boullenger (1700–1770)




oil on canvas


H 137.5 x W 104 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990

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Inscription description

inscribed' Peint par N de Largilliere 1725'


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