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VIGEE LE BRUN Elisabeth Louise - Letter Signed to her banker 1820

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Elisabeth Louise VIGEE LE BRUN (1755-1842)

Letter Signed (“Elisabeth Louise Vigée femme Le Brun”) to her banker regarding payment of interest due to her.
1½ pages 4to in French with integral blank leaf, Paris, 6 December 1820.               

Trans: “In possession of an income from the Mont de Milan on which I received interest until the end of 1813, I have learned that because of an agreement reached between various Powers, French creditors of Mont de Milan are now at the charge of the government of Rome . . . As you assured me that you would be prepared to collect in Rome the payments due to me and to come, and send them to me here, I take the liberty of sending you herewith [not present] my original deeds which name me as the owner, which, I have been told, is indispensable in Rome. However, please note that in sending you this deed I have nothing else to prove my rights and therefore it is essential that this not be lost. I also enclose a power of attorney for you to receive the interest . . .”
Madame Vigée LeBrun was undoubtedly the most successful French portraitist of the late 18th century. One could safely say that her portraits of Marie Antoinette did for the Queen what Mario Testino’s photographs did for Princess Diana, creating a glamourous, fashionable image which was to influence how future generations would see the period.
She was so identified with the Court that she deemed it wiser to leave France just three months after the storming of the Bastille, travelling first to Italy, then Vienna and finally St. Petersburg, where she found considerable success.  Throughout her peregrinations, it was a portrait which she completed in Naples which attracted the aristocracy to her studio: her portrait of Lady Hamilton as a Sibyl. Captivated by the young Englishwoman’s beauty, she produced other portraits of her, notably Emma Hamilton as a bacchante before Vesuvius.
She is here obviously concerned about her financial well-being, but this was seldom a problem for her, even in exile, when her success ensured that her fees would be paid without complaint. When she arrived in London in the early 1800s, those high fees sparked comment, but she was nevertheless welcomed by the Royal Academy and London society, where she became friendly with the Duchess of Devonshire, and encouraged her friend Emma Hamilton to appear in tableau vivants.
Letters of Elisabeth Vigée LeBrun are relatively rare.

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