Anne-Marguerite Perrinet de Longuefin, Madame Rouillé

*A gray-haired woman in a pink coat with brown fur trim leans on a table with books on it, holding a book in her left hand while she looks out at the viewer, her right hand resting on her right cheek*

Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (Saint-Quentin 1704–1788 Saint-Quentin)
Anne-Marguerite Perrinet de Longuefin, Madame Rouillé, ca. 1738
Pastel on laid paper
24 1/4 × 19 1/2 in. (618 × 495 mm)
Promised Gift from the Collection of Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard
Photo Joseph Coscia Jr.


Anne-Marguerite Perrinet de Longuefin (1698–1795) was the daughter of a wine merchant from the Sancerre region. In 1716, she married Pierre-Jean Rouillé, a marchand mercier (dealer in decorative arts and luxury fabrics). La Tour portrays her as an intellectual, surrounded by books. She wears a red velvet coat, trimmed in fur, described at the time as a “Polish mantle,” a garment popularized in France in the second half of the eighteenth century by Queen Maria Leszczyńska, who was Polish. La Tour exhibited this pastel in the Grand Salon of the Louvre, at the annual show of works by artists from the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, between August 18 and September 10, 1738.

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