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Portrait of a Woman, possibly Madame de Staël (1766-1817) and her son

Location

FRANCE

Title

Portrait of a Woman, possibly Madame de Staël (1766-1817) and her son

Date

About 1795

Materials

Gouache and watercolour on ivory; gold frame, tortoiseshell bonbonnière

Dimensions

Bonbonnière: 2.3 cm (h.), 8.3 cm (diam.); image: 7.2 cm (diam.)

Credits

Gift of Miss Olive Hosmer, inv. 1949.50.Dv.23a-b

Collection

Western Art

As a very young woman the famous Madame de Staël wrote a work that became associated with the French Romantic movement. Her opposition to Napoleon led to her exile. The Emperor drove her out of Paris, but she continued to pursue her intellectual activities in Cappet,
on Lake Leman.

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