CARMONTELLE, Louis Carrogis de
(b. 1717, Paris, d. 1806, Paris)

The Gentlemen of the Duc d'Orléans in the Uniform of Saint Cloud

Red and black chalk, watercolour and gouache, heightened with white, 263 x 400 mm
Private collection

The note on the reverse of the drawing, written by Richard de Lédans in a style typical of the Ancien Régime, states that Carmontelle's subjects "were shown very strikingly, despite being seen from behind" and also allows for the identification of the sitters. All of these illustrious figures embody the more military aspect of the nobility. Part of the closest entourage of the duc d'Orléans, these men played an integral part in court life, following the Duke from château to château.

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