Portrait of Mrs. Chinnery

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842)
Portrait of Mrs. Chinnery, 1803

Oil on canvas
36 x 28 in. (91.4 x 71.1 cm)
Signed lower right: L. E. Vigée Lebrun


1803–?, Collection of Mrs. William Chinnery (Margaret Chinnery), Gillwell Park, Waltham Abbey, Essex (1803-12); and London

?–1899, Collection of Algernon Greene, London. (probably by inheritance from his aunt, Margaret Chinnery's heir).

March 8, 1899, Algernon Greene sold to Thomas Agnew & Sons, London

1899–1900, at Thomas Agnew & Sons, London (stock no. 8808)

April 5, 1900, Charles S. Routh purchased from Thomas Agnew & Sons

1905, Sale, "100 Paintings by Old Masters," Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris (no. 72)

May 16, 1907, Sale, "Vente Sedelmeyer," Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (no. 251). Purchased by A. C. Dufayel

1907–?, Collection of A. C. Dufayel

ca. 1915–ca. 1919, Collection of Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris

ca. 1939, Collection of Tomás Harris, Spanish Art Gallery, London

ca. 1947–1975, Wildenstein Gallery, New York

1975, IU Art Museum purchased from Wildenstein


1905, "100 Paintings of Old Masters," Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris

November 16–November 27, 1952, "Masterpieces of Painting Through Six Centuries," Allied Arts Association, Houston, Texas (no. 45)

November 15–December 3, 1961, "Collector's Choice," Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas (no. 8)

1964, "Exhibition of Treasures of French Art from the Renaissance to Modern Times," World's Fair Exhibition, New York City (no. 71)

March 15–April 30, 1966, "Paintings and Drawings, Eighteenth-Century French, from the Wildenstein Gallery, New York City," Krannert Graduate School, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana (no. 12)

June 5–August 15, 1982, "Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun," Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (cat. no. 53)

March 29–May 14, 2000, "About Face: 2000 Years of Portraiture from Indiana University," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana (no cat.)

September 23, 2015-January 11, 2016, "Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1755-1842," Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris (cat. no. 138)

Catalogue Raisonné

Douwes Dekker, Hugo Tijmen. Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun, 1755–1842: portraits à l'huile. Essai de catalogue. ’s–Gravenhage, Holland, 1984. (no. 386).


Provenance research on this work is ongoing, and this record will be updated as more information becomes available.