Madame Henriette de France as a Vestal Virgin, ca. 1749

  • Jean Marc Nattier, French, 1685-1766

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 71 × 52 1/2 inches (180.3 × 133.4 cm)
  • Framed: 91 × 71 1/4 × 5 3/4 inches (231.1 × 181 × 14.6 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb

43.417

On View

  • Fashionable Living: Kanzler Room S330

Department

European Painting

  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Portrait
  • Woman
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Princess
  • Figure (representation)
  • Paris
  • Female portrait
  • Full-length portrait

Provenance

Lord Hertford (London, England); Sir Richard Wallace (London, England); Sir John Murray Scott (Paris, France); May 18, 1925, sold by (Georges Petit, Paris, France) auction Jacques Seligmann [for 39000 francs]; sold by Cailleux (Paris, France) [for 80,000 francs]; purchased by (Marcel Jonas on behalf of Felix Wildenstein, Paris, France); by September 4, 1925, (Felix Wildenstein, Paris, France) [asked 1,800,000 FF]; until 1943, William Randolph Hearst [1863-1951]; 1943, sold by (Gimbel Brothers and Dr. Armand Hammer, New York, New York, USA) representing the Hearst Estate; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb; 1943--present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Catalogue des Objets D'Art et D'Ameublement du XIIIe au XVIIIe Siècle et Autres. Sales. cat., Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 18, 1925, p. 28–29, no. 38. Curiosa. "Lundi 18 Mai: Galerie Georges Petit," Le Figaro Artistique 2, no. 78 (June 11, 1925): p. 556. "Vendredi 8 Mai," Le Figaro Artistique 2, no. 77 (June 4, 1925): p. 539 (ill.). “Madame Sophie de France, by J.M. Nattier.” International Studio 85, no. 355 (December 1926): 53, p. 53 (ill.). [as "Madame Sophie de France"] The Fourth Loan Exhibition of Old Masters: French Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts, 1926, unpaginated, no. 40 (ill.). [As "Mme. Sophie de France"] Masterworks of Five Centuries. Exh. cat., Golden Gate International Exposition. San Francisco, 1939, unpaginated, no. 122. [As "Madame Sophie de France as a Vestal Virgin"] Richardson, Edgar P. "Madame Henriette de France as a Vestal Virgin by Jean-Marc Nattier." Bulletin of the DIA 23, no. 1 (October 1943): 1–3, pp. 1–3 (ill.). Richardson, Edgar P. "Madame Henriette de France by Nattier." Art Quarterly 6, no. 4 (Autumn 1943): 239–256, pp. 239–256 (ill.). Richardson, Edgar P., ed. Catalogue of Paintings: The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1944, pp. 95, 178, no. 659 (ill.). Richardson, E.P. "Nattier, Madame Henriette de France as a Vestal Virgin." In Favorite Paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York, 1948, pp. 32 (ill.), 41–44, no. VII, pl. VII. Richardson, Edgar P. Catalogue of the Paintings and Sculpture Given by Edgar B. Whitcomb and Anna Scripps Whitcomb to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1954, frontispiece, p. 85 (ill.). Gimpel René. Journal d’un Collectionneur: Marchand de Tableaux. Paris, 1963, p. 297. Wallace Collection Catalogues: Pictures and Drawings,16th ed. London, 1968, p. 217. [As "Madame Henriette de France as a Vestal Virgin"] Bottineau, Yves. L'art Baroque. Paris, 1986, pp. 244, 248–249 (ill.). Collection du Baron de Redé Provenant de L’Hôtel Lambert. Sales cat., Sotheby's, Paris, March 16, 2005, p. 136 (ill.). Derstine, Andria. "Recent Research on Jean-Marc Nattier's 'Portrait of a Woman as a Vestal Virgin.'" Bulletin of the DIA 83, no. 1/4 (2009): 22–37, pp. 22–37. Ackerman, Alfred. "Technical Notes on Nattier's 'Portrait of a Woman as a Vestal Virgin.'" Bulletin of the DIA 83, no. 1/4 (2009): 38–39, pp. 38–39 (ill.).

Rights Status

Jean Marc Nattier, Madame Henriette de France as a Vestal Virgin, ca. 1749, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, 43.417.