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Portrait of a gentleman, probably Sir the Bellegarde.

Artist

French School, entourage of Frans Pourbus the Younger

Year

Early 17th century

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Size

55

x

61

cm

Frame Size

66

x

72

cm

Work

Oil on canvas

Bellegarde (b. 1565) is the Grand Squire (grand écuyer) of the King’s Household, in charge of the king’s stables and the transport of the king and his retinue.

Bellegarde was a mignon, a favorite of King Henri III, and he was similarly honored by Henri IV and Louis XIII. He is a traditional gallant, an unabashed rake rumored to be the real father of the duc de Vendôme. Bellegarde is known to flirt with the prim Queen Anne, who finds the old duke both shameless and fascinating.


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