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'Denis de la Barde' (d.1675) from volume "Portraits de Nanteuil Tome II" 1657

bound volume (54.5 x 39.5 x 7.5 cm) s. in plate on ledge r. "R. Nanteuil ad vivum Faciebat 1657"; inscr. in brown ink on supporting sheet b. c. "71- / Denis de la Barde, / Eveque de Brieu."; inscr. hand-written in brown ink on supporting sheet t. c. "No. 72. [underlined]" CRE NANTEUIL, Robert; (French; 1623-1678) DES NANTEUIL, Robert; (French; 1623-1678) Part of William Hunter's original bequest, this is one of two volumes containing 216 engraved portraits by or after Robert Nanteuil. Head of the great school of 17th century French portrait engraving, his skill and reputation were unequalled. His sitters were distinguished figures of Louis XIV's court, mainly royalty, statesmen, military and church leaders. Celebrated for its faithfulness to Nature and the simplicity of his designs , Nanteuil's work appealed equally to art lovers and to those fascinated by the achievements of 17th century France. Hunter's volumes are a rare surviving example of a comprehensive early 18th century collection of Nanteuil's work.Almoner, preacher to the King and Bishop of Saint-Brieuc, Denis de la Barde's portrait is placed in the volume alongside other highly ranked religious officials.