About this artwork

This half length portrait shows the sumptuously dressed mistress of Louis XV reclining elegantly on a couch. Her celebrated beauty is offset by the flowers, ribbons, lace and jewels of her costume, while her considerable intellectual interests are hinted at through the inclusion of the book and her writing desk. Boucher painted a series of portraits of Madame de Pompadour, born Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, who became one of the most influential and powerful figures of the French court. This painting is based on a larger full-length portrait completed by Boucher in 1756, now in the Alte Pinacotech, Munich.

  • title: Madame de Pompadour (Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, 1721 - 1764)
  • accession number: NG 429
  • Attributed to: Francois BoucherFrench (1703 - 1770)
  • artist: Unknown
  • depicted: Madame Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Rococo
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1756 - 1758
  • measurements: 37.90 x 46.30 cm; Painted area: 36.20 x 44.50 cm (framed: 64.14 x 55.88 x 8.89 cm)
  • credit line: Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland 1861

Francois Boucher

Francois Boucher

Boucher excelled as a painter of decorative pictures, joyful and exuberant in character. His varied work included portraits, landscapes, mythological subjects, designs for tapestries, drawings and engravings. Boucher won first prize at the French Academy in 1723 and travelled to Rome in 1728. On his return to Paris he established a successful studio and became the favoured painter of King Louis XV and his mistress Madame de Pompadour. He was overwhelmed with commissions and was appointed First Painter to the King in 1765.