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The Children of the Duc de Bouillon Dressed as Montagnards – Hubert Drouais 1756

Posted by on December 3, 2012

The Children of the Duc de Bouillon Dressed as Montagnards_Hubert Drouais (1727–1775)_1756

Hubert Drouais (1727–1775)

Detail: hurdy gurdy, boy, shoes, stockings, sash, coat, waiscoat, shirt, marmot, pet

4 Responses to The Children of the Duc de Bouillon Dressed as Montagnards – Hubert Drouais 1756

  1. Kitak Law

    I love this site so far – especially how one could zoom in on the pictures and really study all the details.

    I do, however, have a quick question about this picture and the one posted on November 28 (http://siftingthepast.com/2012/11/26/the-comte-and-chevalier-de-choiseul-as-savoyards-francois-hubert-drouais-1758/): why was it that in the mid-18th century, there seems to have been a trend for aristocrats to have their children painted in clothes evoking the rural working classes? Was this part of the whole pastoral element of art in this time period, or was there something else to it?

  2. Shari Crawford

    And… are you sure that’s a cat? It looks more like a woodchuck…

  3. Gary Cooper

    Kitak Law, all I know is that slumming goes back a long way in history. Marie Antoinette’s “milkmaid cottage” at Versailles is a famous example.

    This is the only portrait of a pet woodchuck (or marmot or whatever it is) I have ever seen.

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