Portrait of the Dutchess de la Valliere, (painting)
Valliere, Duchess De La
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 95
This celebrated lady was born in 1644, and in her 17th year became a distinguished favorite at the Court of Louis XIV. When but little more than 30 years of age, she resolved to change her life, and retire from the world; and thereupon quitted the court and entered into a convent of the Carmelites, where she spent the rest of her days in the performance of religious duties, and died at the age of 64 years. This fine original was painted by Lebrun, the court painter and the most celebrated French artist of the day, for the private collection of the King, and it is a very characteristic specimen of his style. It was brought to this country during the troubles of the first French Revolution. The tradition with regard to it, is that the Dutchess, previous to retiring to the convent, had herself taken in this way--attempting to wash a blackmoor white, to show her own sense of the difficulty of her repentence. [P. 10.]
Albany Gallery of Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalogue of the First Exhibition. 1846. Albany: Printed at the Office of the Evening Atlas. 1846.