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Jean Le Juge and his Family, 1699

Hyacinthe Rigaud
French, 1659 - 1743
oil on canvas
114.3 x 147.3 cm
Purchased 1939
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4310)

This portrait of Jean Le Juge, an usher to the King's Grand Council, his wife, Elisabeth de Houllei de Gouy, and their daughter, Marguerite-Charlotte, had a personal significance for the artist. In 1710, three years after Elisabeth was widowed, she became Rigaud's second wife; the artist later included this picture in a self-portrait of 1727. Rigaud was the leading portraitist at the court of Louis XIV during the latter half of his reign. He had a large and busy studio, and it has been suggested that one of the workshop members, Pierre-Nicolas Huillot, might have painted the flowers and parrot. Frame: carved wood, gilded. France, second half 17th century

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