COUSTOU, Guillaume I
(b. 1677, Lyon, d. 1746, Paris)

Bust of Samuel Bernard

c. 1727
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

A fine example of Guillaume Coustou's portraits is his bust of the wealthy banker and important artistic patron Samuel Bernard], shown with wind-blown cravat and proudly wearing the order of the Saint-Michel, still vigorous and tough, even calculating, in his old age.