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National Gallery

Exhibition Detail
The Comte de Vaudreuil: Courtier and Collector
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
United Kingdom

March 7th, 2012 - June 12th, 2012
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Daily 10am–6pm, Fridays 10am–9pm

The Comte de Vaudreuil (1740–1817) was one of the leading courtiers and collectors of paintings in Paris during the 1780s. This display features Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings in the National Gallery’s collection that were once owned by Vaudreuil or were in Parisian collections at that time.

Vaudreuil’s collection provides an example of the decoration of wealthy homes in pre-Revolution Paris. Reflecting the fashion of the time, the paintings are hung according to their size and symmetry rather than by subject or chronology.

The Paintings

The display features paintings from the Comte’s collections by artists Jan Wijnants, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jan Steen and Adriaen van Ostade .

Alongside these are works that were in French collections in the same period by artists Nicolaes Berchem, Aelbert Cuyp, Willem van de Velde and Gabriel Metsu.

The paintings show a variety of subjects, from portraits of peasants to social life in 17th century Holland to landscapes with ruined castles.

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