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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842) Portrait of Madame Hennet, bust-length, in a gold dress with a red wrap. photo Bonhams

signed and dated 'L E Vigee/ Le Brun/ 1809' (lower left), oil on canvas, 73.7 x 59.4cm (29 x 23 3/8in).Estimate: £45,000 - 65,000, € 54,000 - 78,000, USD 66,000 - 95,000  Unsold.

PROVENANCE: Collection of Comte C.
His sale, Hôtel Drouot, 30 April 1898, lot 67 (550fr)
Collection Comte A. de Ganay
His sale, Hôtel Drouot, June 1903, lot 61 (4,700fr)
Where purchased by Georges Sortais
Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 21 June, 1926, lot 27
Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 20 November 1929, lot 120
Collection of L. Vuccino
His sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 3 July 1930, lot 2
With Wildenstein, New York, from whom acquired by the present owners
The Property of a Private Collector, sale, Christie's, New York, 21 October 1997, lot 336

LITERATURE:: P. de Nolhac, Madame Vigée-Lebrun, peintre de la reine Marie Antoinette (Paris, 1908), p. 140
W. H. Helm, Vigée-Lebrun, her Life, Works and Friendships (London, 1915), p. 201
A. Blum, Madame Vigée-Lebrun, peintre des grandes dames du XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1919), p. 105

The present painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Vigée Le Brun by Joseph Baillio.

Vigée Le Brun's remarkable success at the court of Louis XVI meant that she was obliged to flee the country after the events of 1789. Over the next twenty years, she toured the courts of Europe painting portraits of courtiers and fellow exiles. The present work is one of only a few to survive from the period of the First Empire. It dates to the year after the artist's return to France from Switzerland where she had been staying at Coppet on Lake Geneva to work on the portrait of the famous Madame de Staël, now in the Musée des Beaux Arts, Geneva.

Bonhams. Old Master Paintings, 7 Jul 2010 New Bond Street www.bonhams.com