Louise BOUTEILLER<br/>
<em>Césarine de Houdetot, Baronne de Barante, reading Paul et Virginie</em> 1818 <!-- (recto) --><br />

oil on canvas<br />
193.5 x 143.0 cm<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
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<br />
2018.187<br />


Bouteiller’s exquisite portrait depicts friend and artist Césarine de Houdetot, both were French women born outside of France. Here, Césarine sits pining for the idyllic countryside of Mauritius – depicted in the background – where she spent her childhood.

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