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Portrait of Matthieu de la Ferté: PD.93-1961

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Portrait of Matthieu de la Ferté


Draughtsman: Moreau, Jean Michel the younger




History note: J. Masson (Lugt 1494a); Masson Sale, Paris, 7 - 8 May 1923, lot 151 (reprod.); Mountersmark Stoll (Lugt 2786c); Louis C.G. Clarke, 1924; with Messrs. Agnew, 1924; bt. Charles B.O. Clarke, 1925; Louis C.G. Clarke

Legal notes

Bequeathed 1960.

Measurements and weight

Height: 164 mm
Width: 136 mm

Relative size of this object

13.6 m16.4 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray

School or Style


Materials used in production

Grey wash
Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Pen and ink : Pen, ink and grey wash retouched in iron gall ink on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Matthieu de la Ferté (1743-1799); one of the members of the Administration des défenses de la Maison du Roi (Louis XVI) whose name is entered under the heading of that office in several 'Almanachs Royeaux' up to 1789, was a man of art, viveur and courtier who emigrated abroad during the Revolution and took an active part in the Royalist efforts to re-establish the Ancien Régime. He is said to have re-entered France seven times under various disguises between 1791 and 1794 so as to keep in touch with the partisans in Paris and in its provinces. The National Convention in 1793 sentenced him to death in default and seized his property. His wife, née Courbois had remarkable literary gifts and lived till 1839. Their daughter married Mgr de Riverère, another active agent of the Restoration, who wash French Ambassador to Turkey in 1820. Jean Masson Collection.
  • Location: Frame, verso
  • Method of creation: MS

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.93-1961
Primary reference Number: 6677
Lugt: 1494a
Lugt: 2786c
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 May 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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