Louise Cochelet

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Louise Cochelet
The Palais Royal at Plombières
Brown wash over graphite.
7 5/8 x 10 3/16 inches (194 x 259 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Inscribed, dated and initialed on mount below drawing in pen and brown ink, "Vue du Palais Royal a Plombieres 1814 LC", numbered on verso in graphite, "2".

Removed from album; sale, Christie's, South Kensington, 15 December 1999, part of lot 190; Agnew's, London; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

Thaw Catalogue Raisonné, 2017, no. 54, repr.
The Thaw collection of master drawings : acquisitions since 2002. New York : Morgan Library & Museum, 2009, no. 17, repr.


From a politically active family from Champagne, Cochelet occupied a position of historic interest: she was reader and lady-in-waiting to Queen Hortense, who had married Napoléon's brother Louis, King of Holland, in 1802. Divorced and living in Paris, with her son, the future Napoléon III, Hortense fled the city in 1814 accompanied by Cochelet. The group headed east and en route to Germany stopped in Plombières-les-bains, a town in Lorrain. Cochelet's mémoirs recount their stay in the town, which was characterized by peace and solitude. Cochelet learned to draw alongside her patron. Hortense's peintre du cabinet Jean-Baptiste Isabey had recommended his pupil Auguste Garneray as a drawing instructor. Cochelet embraced the practice, noting “every morning, I spent time drawing.”

Associated names: 

Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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