About this artwork

This bust was acquired from the Count of Paris, a direct descendant of the sitter. Philippe, Duke of Orléans, was grand patron of Lemoyne, and a great collector of Old Master Paintings. The gems of his collection subsequently made their way into the collection of the Dukes of Sutherland, who have generously lent them to the National Gallery of Scotland since 1945/6. An inscription on the bust states that Philippe was forty-five years old and Regent of France when it was made. Lemoyne had worked for both Kings Louis XIV and XV of France, so it was appropriate that he should also create a bust of Philippe during his regency. He is shown wearing a flamboyant wig (peruke) and chest armour.

  • title:
    Philippe, Duke of Orléans, 1674 - 1723. Regent of France
  • accession number:
    NG 2695
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  • materials:
    Bronze
  • date created:
    About 1720
  • measurements:
    49.80 x 27.70 x 19.70 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the assistance of funds from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Art Fund 1998

Jean Louis Lemoyne

Jean Louis Lemoyne

Jean Louis Lemoyne was a pupil of the French sculptor Antoine Coysevox (1640-1720) in Paris, before studying in Bourdaux at the Ecole Académique. He returned to Paris in 1697, and became a member of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. He worked on a number of sculpture commissions, including portraits, decorative figures and religious subjects. His early work reflects the flamboyant Baroque manner of his master Coysevox, but he later moved towards a less formal style. He worked extensively at the royal palace of Versailles, and was patronised by the Kings of France.