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Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse Du Barry, and her servant Zamor

A work made of mezzotint in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on cream laid paper.


c. 1771


Jean-Baptiste-André Gautier D’Agoty
French, 1740-1786

About this artwork

In this monochrome rendition of Gautier D’Agoty’s color portrait, Madame du Berry’s clothing and interior decorating details enjoy more contrast and legibility. Her reflection in the angled mirror suggests her role as an earthly, courtly Venus. The small cup offered by an African servant likely contains a popular delicacy, drinking chocolate. The last of Louis XV’s official mistresses, Madame du Barry would be executed during the Reign of Terror due to her royal associations.


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Jean Baptiste André Gautier d'Agoty


Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse Du Barry, and her servant Zamor


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1766–1776


Mezzotint in black on cream laid paper


Image/plate: 40.2 × 31.4 cm (15 7/8 × 12 3/8 in.); Sheet: 44.5 × 35.2 cm (17 9/16 × 13 7/8 in.)

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Stanley Field Fund; Joseph Brooks Fair Memorial Collection

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