Female Portraiture and Patronage in Marie Antoinette's Court: The Princesse de Lamballe, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Female Portraiture and Patronage in Marie Antoinette's Court

The Princesse de Lamballe, 1st Edition

By Sarah Grant


232 pages | 86 B/W Illus.

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This comprehensive book brings to light the portraits, private collections and public patronage of the princesse de Lamballe, a pivotal member of Marie-Antoinette’s inner circle. Drawing extensively on unpublished archival sources, Sarah Grant examines the princess’s many portrait commissions and the rich character of her private collections, which included works by some of the period’s leading artists and artisans. The book sheds new light on the agency, sorority and taste of Marie-Antoinette and her friends, a group of female patrons and model of courtly collecting that would be extinguished by the coming revolution.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: From wife to widow: early portraits of the princesse de Lamballe

Chapter 2: Paying court: careerism, sentiment and sorority in portraits of the princesse de Lamballe

Chapter 3: The Anglophile princesse de Lamballe: portraits, prints, gardens and Anglomania at the court of Marie-Antoinette

Chapter 4: 'Protector of the Fine Arts': the private collection and public patronage of the princesse de Lamballe, a courtier-collector

Chapter 5: Epilogue



About the Author

Sarah Grant is Curator, Prints, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

About the Series

The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700-1950

The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting provides a forum for the broad study of object acquisition and collecting practices in their global dimensions from 1700 to 1950. The series seeks to illuminate the intersections between material culture studies, art history, and the history of collecting. It takes as its starting point the idea that objects both contributed to the formation of knowledge in the past and likewise contribute to our understanding of the past today. The human relationship to objects has proven a rich field of scholarly inquiry, with much recent scholarship either anthropological or sociological rather than art historical in perspective. Underpinning this series is the idea that the physical nature of objects contributes substantially to their social meanings, and therefore that the visual, tactile, and sensual dimensions of objects are critical to their interpretation. This series therefore seeks to bridge anthropology and art history, sociology and aesthetics. It encompasses the following areas of concern: 1. Material culture in its broadest dimension, including the high arts of painting and sculpture, the decorative arts (furniture, ceramics, metalwork, etc.), and everyday objects of all kinds. 2. Collecting practices, be they institutionalized activities associated with museums, governmental authorities, and religious entities, or collecting done by individuals and social groups. 3. The role of objects in defining self, community, and difference in an increasingly international and globalized world, with cross-cultural exchange and travel the central modes of object transfer. 4. Objects as constitutive of historical narratives, be they devised by historical figures seeking to understand their past or in the form of modern scholarly narratives. The series publishes interdisciplinary and comparative research on objects that addresses one or more of these perspectives and includes monographs, thematic studies, and edited volumes of essays.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Renaissance
ART / History / Romanticism
ART / Museum Studies
HISTORY / Europe / France
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies