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Adélaïde de Praël (1758–1794) married the banker Jean-François Perregaux in 1779. Madame Perregaux’s husband was both a notable art collector and banker to the Le Bruns, later numbering the 3rd Marquess of Hertford among his clients. Madame Perregaux’s portrait, painted on the eve of the French Revolution, is typical of the glamorous, flattering portrayals of female sitters on which Vigée-LeBrun’s fame chiefly rests. The artist seems to have been particularly pleased with the work as she wrote to the sitter claiming that ‘the portrait of Madame Perregaux is the most charming of all because of its likeness’.

The Wallace Collection



Madame Perregaux




oil on oak panel


H 99.6 x W 78.5 cm

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acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, after 1862; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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