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COMTESSE DE LA MOTTE

£79.50

Original 1796 8 3/4 inch x 12 1/2 inch Etching and Stipple titled COMTESSE DE LA MOTTE

Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy, “Comtesse de la Motte” (22 July 1756 – 23 August 1791) was a notorious French adventuress and thief; she was married to Nicholas de la Motte whose family’s claim to nobility is dubious. She herself was an impoverished descendant of the Valois royal family through an illegitimate son of King Henry II. She is known for her prominent role in the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, one of many scandals that led to the French Revolution and helped to destroy the monarchy of France.

Engraved by François Bonneville (1759-1840). French engraver, draughtsman, and publisher of semi-popular prints in Paris.

Lettered below the image ‘Comtesse de la Motte / Nee a fontelle le 22 Juillet 1756 / a Paris rue de TheatreFr. No. 4 ‘.

From the French book “Portraits of famous people of the Revolution”, by François Bonneville, with historical table and notices, by P. Quenard.

The image size is 4 1/8 inch x 3 3/8 inch

The etching is in very good condition with minor defects from handling.

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