Fine Art Auction: Portrait of a Mistress


Fine Art Auction > A portrait of Louise Renée de Penancoët de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth (September 5, 1649 – November 14, 1734) attributed to Henri Gascars (French, 1635-1701) is included in Bellmans’ Old Master, British & European Paintings art auction on October 12, 2021.

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Attributed to Henri Gascars (French, 1635-1701), “Portrait of Louise Renee de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth (1649-1734) with a Cupid,” Oil on canvas, 107 x 97cm, Provenance, Private collection, Gloucestershire since circa 1800;
With Lane Fine Art, London by 2001; From whom acquired by the father of the present owner; £8,000-12,000; SALE Old Master, British & European Paintings October 12, 2021

The oil on canvas measures 107 x 97 cm and shows the Duchess with a Cupid. It was originally in a private collection in Gloucestershire from circa 1800 before it was sold by Lane Fine Art to the father of the present owner. It is estimated at £8,000 – £12,000.

The Duchess has been painted by many established artists, including Sir Peter Lely and several times by Gascars. She famously accompanied Henrietta Anne Stuart, Duchess of Orléans, sister of Charles II of Great Britain, and sister-in-law of Louis XIV of France, when Henrietta visited her brother in Dover in 1670. Henrietta’s sudden death meant Louise was unprovided for and Charles II appointed her a-lady-in-waiting to his own Queen, Catherine of Braganza.

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