Henri Gascard

Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth by Henri Gascard

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Louise de Kéroualle was dispatched to England by Louis XIV to be the mistress of King Charles II. The painting has ironic references, not least the King Charles spaniel, as traditionally lap dogs symbolised faithfulness and chastity. The gesture of an outstretched hand was often used in marriage portraits, and may refer to the mock ceremony which took place between Louise and the King on her arrival in England in early October 1671. Although the symbolism is English, the overall picture has the formality of a French court painting.

Title
Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1670
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1215 x 983 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gifted in memory of Mr and Mrs Joseph James Craig of Auckland by their children, 1952
Accession no
1952/17/1
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
On display

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