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Césarine de Houdetot, Baronne de Barante, reading Paul et Virginie

Césarine de Houdetot, Baronne de Barante, reading Paul et Virginie

oil on canvas
193.5 × 143.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: Louise Bouteiller / 1818
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Peter and Anne Greenham, Ross Adler AC and Fiona Adler, Alan and Mavourneen Cowen, donors to the 2017 NGV Foundation Annual Dinner and 2017 NGV Annual Appeal, 2018
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
New acquisition

Through the support of generous donors and our Annual Appeal 2017, we have recently acquired an exquisite portrait of Césarine de Houdetot, shown against a backdrop depicting the island of Mauritius where she was born.


FRAME: Reproduction, 2017, based on a French Directoire frame.
This project has been generously supported by NGV Foundation Board member Krystyna Campbell-Pretty.

Early postcard images of the Salon at Château de Barante (the family home of the sitter) show the painting framed as part of the architectural setting rather than in a stand-alone frame. The painting was purchased unframed and a reproduction frame was commissioned and fitted to the painting in the U.K. prior to its transport to Melbourne. The reproduction frame is based on an early 19th century French Directoire style frame. It has a timber scotia profile, moulded ornament and a gilded finish.

This frame has been generously supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty, Member, NGV Foundation Board.

Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV