Louise de Kérouaille by Henri Gascar (Deene Park - Corby, Northamptonshire UK)

The notes for this portrait at Deene Park explain the portrait, "Mistress from 1671 of King Charles II, Louise de Kérouaille was reputedly a spy sent by Louis XIV and rewarded by him with the Duchy of Aubigny in 1674 for keeping Charles dependent upon France.

She is painted with her son by King Charles, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond 1672 - 1723. He married in 1693 the Hon. Anne Brudenell, daughter of Francis, Lord Brudenell." From his size, this portrait may date to around 1676.

From the lost gallery's photostream on flickr; spots in background removed with Photoshop by gogm.

Louise de Kérouaille turns down the neckline of her dress to show off her lace chemise in this Gascar portrait.

Keywords:  Gascar, Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess, mistress, Charles II, spy, long curly coiffure, chemise, off shoulder scoop neckline, lace, elbow length full under-sleeves, engageantes, split bodice, vee neckline, quarter length notched close sleeves, waist band, bows, necklace, earrings, clasps, wrap


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