French school, 18th century - Portrait of Louis Philippe de Bourbon, Duc d’Orléans
French school, 18th century
Portrait of Louis Philippe de Bourbon, Duc d’Orléans
Oil on canvas (relined). 80 x 64 cm.
With a later inscription to the upper left: "Louis-Francois de Bo[ur]bon / Prince de Conti ne en 17 / Mort en 1776. Epousa Lo[uis]e / Diane, Fille du Regen[t] / Philippe d'Orleans et de / Mlle de Blois" (the letters in square brackets lost due to retouches or erroneously replaced).
Contrary to the later inscription, this work does not in fact depict Louis François de Bourbon, Prince de Conti (1717-1776), but instead Louis Philippe de Bourbon, Duc d'Orléans (1725-1785). Louis Philippe was the only son of Louis I of Orleans and grandson of Philippe II of Orleans, who was regent of France from 1715 - 1723. This half-length portrait is influenced by a similar, three quarter-length depiction by Louis-Michael van Loo showing Louis Philippe wearing a breastplate and the blue sash of the Ordre du Saint-Esprit.
Private collection, Westphalia. - Lempertz auction 630, Cologne, 23.06.1988, lot 56. - Private collection, Lower Saxony.