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PRINT January 1965

Showpiece

A RECENT ACQUISITION of the Phoenix Art Museum, the portrait of Madame Adelaide de France by Ma­dame Adelaide Labille-Guiard was presented to the Museum by an anonymous New York foundation this year.

Madame Adelaide de France, the eldest daughter of Louis XV, is depicted painting an imitation bronze medallion of portraits of Louis XV, the Queen, and the Dauphin (father of Louis XVI), all of whom were deceased at the time this work was painted, c. 1787. She is about to add the following inscription to the medallion: “Leur image est encore le charme de ma vie.”

The work was originally given by Louis XVI to the Due de Brancas, Comte de Lauraguais. It was many years in the collection of the Marquis de Cazeaux; later passed into the hands of Wildenstein and Company of New York. The painting has been catalogued and exhibited in the West in the Los Angeles County Museum’s “Five Centuries of European

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