91. [French school]

PALME, Laurent

Portrait of Voltaire.

Paris, 21 March 1797

Drawing, pen and ink with aquarelle, 56 x 44 cm, laid paper, signed at lower margin (sl. toned).

Under contemp. gilt orn. frame (not studied outside frame, several losses of paint, glass cracked).

Portrait medallion of Voltaire (1712-1778), encircled by a quote: "Les Mortels sont égaux, ce n'est point la naissance, c'est la seule vertu qui fait leur différence. Il est de ces esprits favorisés des cieux, qui sont tout par eux-même et rien par leurs ayeux.". The oval portrait is decorated with calligraphic ornament. The portrait dates from shortly after the French Revolution ("Le 1 Germinal an 5") and is an ensemble with the previous lot.

€ 200 / 300

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