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Pastels & pastellists

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The online edition of the Dictionary now includes more than 2000 articles on pastellists with lists as complete as possible of their works. The scope for discussion of specific works is necessarily limited within this format, and a series of in-depth essays on specific works is indexed from this page. These essays range from 500 to 15,000 words, and discuss individual works in museums and private collections in a format appropriate to a scholarly catalogue. Some are based on articles the author has published elsewhere. Other articles discuss different aspects of major pastellists' work (e.g. La Tour, Perronneau or Litoard), often including a level of biographical detail (reproducing original documents etc.) inappropriate in a Dictionary article. A further group of essays discuss broader topics. The essays include a selection of articles that have been posted on my blog where it is appropriate to have a document of record for permanent reference.

Articles on specific works (in chronological order):

Vivien, Jacques Thuret, 1704

Les portraits des princesses de Bourbon-Condé par Rosalba Carriera, 1721

Lundberg, Simon Hurtrelle, c.1725

Carriera, Gustavus, Lord Boyne, 1731

Chevalier, attr., Louis-Joseph, prince de Grimberghen, 1732

La Tour and Lundberg's portraits of La princesse de Rohan, c.1741

La Tour, Le président de Rieux, c.1741

La Tour and L'abbé Huber, lisant, 1742

Nattier, René-Charles de Maupeou, c.1744

La Tour, Duval de L'Épinoy, 1745

Perronneau, Les trois "marquis d'Aubais", 1746

Glain, Noel-Thomas Duguey, 1748

Perronneau, M. & Mme Ollivier, 1748

La Joconde du XVIIIe siecle [Perronneau, Mme de Sorquainville, oil, 1749]

Valade, Mme Pinson de Menerville, 1751

La Tour, Mlle Ferrand méditant sur Newton, 1752

Vigée, Le marquis de Bonnac, 1752

Two English portraits by Liotard: Lady Anne Somerset and Catherine, Lady Hawke

Perronneau, Col. Joseph Yorke, oil, 1754

Pougin de Saint-Aubin, La duchesse de Saulx-Tavannes, c.1755

Perronneau, Two portraits of the Journu family, 1756–57

La Tour, L'abbé Pommyer, c.1757

Lion, Le marquis de Houchin, 1758

Frey, Madame Sophie de France, 1766

Valade, M. & Mme Faventines de Fontenilles, 1766

Perronneau, Pierre-Lazare Dumas, 1768

Mme Roslin, L'abbé Le Monnier, 1770

Read and Gardner, Some pastels of the Sturt family, c.1770–78

Gardner, The mystery of the second Lady East, 1774

Davesne, Bourlet de Vauxcelles, c.1775

Mosnier, La duchesse de Laval, c.1775

Labille-Guiard, Le chevalier de Gibert, 1776

Russell, Mrs Gumley, 1777

Roslin, M. & Mme Fries, 1778

Hall, Mme Séguier, c.1782

Ducreux, "Mme Poisson", c.1783

Mme Vigée Le Brun, Nicolas Beaujon, 1784

Boze, Pierre-Paul Nairac, 1786

Biographical articles on specific artists, sitters, inventors or collectors:

The mystery of Edmund Ashfield

John Norris Hewett: a singular woman

La Tour's family

Liotardiana

Loriot, Pellechet, Jurine: the secrets of pastel, 1763

The fixer fixed: Loriot in Orléans

Perronneau: rectification d'erreur

Perronneau's trip to Lyon in 1759

In search of Perronneau's lost years (in Spain)

Mme veuve Perronneau's second marriage

Jean-Claude-Gaspard Sireul (1713-1781)

Francis Sykes and his family

Mlle Thomasset: Liotard's copyist in needlework

Voltaire in pastel

Vigée Le Brun's petitioners

Exhibition or book reviews:

Karoline Luise in Karlsruhe

Errata for the 2015 Liotard exhibition catalogue

Vigée Le Brun at the Grand Palais

Articles are on more general topics:

Some absent-minded pastellists

La Tour's Stuart copyists: the Kamm family and others

Some French pastellists in Spain