LEFÈVRE, Robert
(b. 1755, Bayeux, d. 1830, Paris)

Princess Pauline Borghese

1808
Oil on canvas, 214 x 149 cm
Château de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles

Lefèvre probably painted Napoleon's favourite sister Marie-Pauline (1780-1825) more frequently than any other artist, although we are more familiar with her in the work of the Parisian painter Bosio and in Canova's generous rendering of her as Venus Victrix. After two earlier marriages Pauline married Prince Camillo Borghese in 1803, and Lefèvre's representative portraits include one painted in 1808, showing her as Princess Pauline Borghese, in her robe of state.