A Miniature Pug and two African Grey Parrots in a Landscape

Oil on canvas
Inventory Label on the Reverse: 'Duchesse de Luynes/ Château de Dampierre/ no 291"
28 3/8 x 35 13/16 inches, 72 x 91 cm

The Château de Dampierre in its present guise was built by Honoré d'Albert de Luynes, Duc de Chevreuse to plans drawn up by Jules Hardouin-Mansart circa 1675. The de Luynes family had inherited the château from Marie de Rohan, Duchesse de Chevreuse in 1663. The Duchesse de Luynes was lady-in-waiting to Queen Marie, wife of Louis XV, and it is presumably through her connection at Court that she learned of Huet's work. She remained a close confidante of the Queen, despite the presence of Madame de Pompadour, and the Duc's memoirs provide some fascinating anecdotes and insights into life at the court of Louis XV.


Duchesse de Luynes, Château de Dampierre, France;
Spanish Private Collection