About this artwork

Anne Marie Louise was one of the most eligible heiresses in France. On the death of her father Gaston, Duke of Orléans, in 1660, she inherited his vast wealth and estates. Known as La Grande Mademoiselle, she was a character at the French court and became a close friend and confidante of Henriette Anne. When it was proposed that she should marry the then exiled Charles II, she turned him down. After he was crowned king she regretted her decision, but was too stubborn to approach him again. She never married and on her death her fortune was left to her cousin, Henriette Anne’s husband, Philippe.

Nicolas de Larmessin

Nicolas de Larmessin