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Her opulent clothes, the peacock-feather fan and the corsage of carnations all appear in other portraits by Largillierre. Mme de Souscarrière may not herself have owned any part of her costume or indeed the young black page beside her. He has a thick silver collar round his neck to show that he is a slave. He was most probably added both for visual effect and to indicate her wealth, as distasteful as we find this today.
There is a higher quality version of this portrait by Largillierre on long loan to the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, suggesting that our version may have been made with studio assistance.
Oil on canvas
H 136.5 x W 104.1 cm