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François de Troy (1645; 1730) attributed. Portrait of Françoise Marie de Bourbon daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan
Canvas relined 98 cm by 70 cm
Superb old frame entirely carved 118 cm by 90 cm
This superb painting is the presumed portrait of Françoise Marie de Bourbon, legitimized daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan. Dressed in a green velvet dress, she holds the portrait of one of her children.
Françoise-Marie de Bourbon, known as "the Second Mademoiselle de Blois" was born on May 4, 1677 at the Château de Maintenon. She died in 1749 at the Château de Saint Cloud. Duchess of Chartres and Duchess of Orléans through her marriage to Philippe d'Orléans, future regent.
François de Troy (1645; 1730)
Youngest son and pupil of Antoine de Troy, he came very young to Paris where he became a pupil of Claude Lefebvre and Claude Loir. He will marry the latter's sister a few years later. He entered the Royal Academy in 1674, he became professor there in 1693 and director in 1708. He quickly gained a very good reputation as a portrait painter. Louis XIV sends him to the court of Munich to paint the portrait of Princess Marie Christine of Bavaria. He painted a large number of famous people. He is particularly appreciated by Madame de Montespan and Madame de Maintenon.