Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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Voltaire (1694 - 1778) Dated 1883
  • Scottish Art
Voltaire was at a dinner hosted by the Duc de Sully at which he outsmarted the Duc de Rohan in argument. Rohan had Voltaire summoned from the room and beaten by his servants. The incident represented is Voltaire's return to the dining-room, and his appeal to his host to challenge the insult. The guests are seated at an elaborately laid table, the Duc at the head turning disdainfully to Voltaire, who stands with white face, clenched hands, and irate gesture, to the right.


  • Acc. No. NG 1658
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 201.70 x 147.20 cm (framed: 183.50 x 240.00 x 15.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented anonymously 1925