Jean Le Juge and his Family, 1699
oil on canvas
114.3 x 147.3 cm
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