Georges de Roose – Portrait of an Elderly Noblewoman, 1758
Portrait of noblewoman Jeanne-Louise Des Enffans. She was the only daughter of seigneur de Lannoy (northern France), born in Tournai (Belgium) on January 5, 1688. She wed Jean-Louis Cochet de Corbeaumont, squire and seigneur de Busnes, Corbeaumont and Quesnoy with whom she had two children (portrait of her eldest son Louis-François by same artist also available in our collection). She died in Busnes on June 26, 1766, at 78 years of age.
The sitter is represented seated and holding a cup of cocoa in one hand and a spoon in the other. She is dressed in accordance with the prevailing fashion trends of the French nobility during the reign of Louis XV. She would have been 70 years of age at the time the portrait was done.
This oil on canvas portrait has recently been restored, but suffered some damage in transit to our gallery from overseas consisting of two new tears. An inscription on the back of the canvas reads: "G.L. de Roose, 1758. Jeanne Louise Desenfans, femme de Jean Louis Cochet seigneur de Busnes".
Georges-Louis de Roose, Belgian portrait painter, was born in Kortrijk (West Flanders) on April 26, 1701 and died in Saint-Omer, September 24, 1765. According to the custom of the time, de Roose travelled quite a bit at the onset of his career. He next settled in Bruges where he made various portraits. He also painted four paintings for the Abbey of Eeckhoutte depicting scenes from the life of Saint Augustine (now lost). De Roose left Bruges where he apparently had Jan Gaeremyn as a pupil, to settle in Saint-Omer, in 1749, where he died on September 24, 1765.
Sources: Archives de France ; Biographie Nationale - Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique, 1910.
Artist: Georges de Roose (1701-1765).
Signed and dated on back, 1758.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Condition: To be restored.
Dimensions: 32 x 25 ½ in. (81 x 65 cm.)
Available without frame.
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Georges de Roose (1701-1765), Portrait of a Ederly Woman 1758