Portrait Of Madame De Genlis (1781). Marie-Victoire Lemoine (1754-1820). Oil on canvas.
The sitter is presumed to be Madame de Genlis (1746-1830), teacher, artist, author, mistress, and governess, one of the more fascinating women of the ancien régime. During the revolution she became a hostess and embraced many of the ideals of the new regime, but was eventually forced into exile. Napoleon later used her as a spy, and she lived long enough to see one of her charges, Louis-Philippe, become King of France.