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Portrait of the Comtesse Vilain XIIII and her Daughter
Artist: Jacques-Louis David
Location: Argos, Howard Street. The original is on display at The National Gallery, London.
The Comtesse Vilain XIIII (1780 - 1853) is shown with her five-year-old daughter, Louise. The oil on canvas portrait was painted in Brussels during the first year of David's exile there after the fall of Napoleon. The Comtesse was formerly lady-in-waiting to the Empress Marie-Louise and had held one of the paraphernalia (probably the water vessel) at the baptism of Napoleon's son, the King of Rome. Jacques-Louis David, Portrait of the Comtesse Vilain XIIII and her Daughter Copyright The National Gallery, London.