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Andr. Hercules De Fleury, S.R.E. Cardinalis

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (printed)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chéreau, I, François the elder I le vieux, born 1680 - died 1729 (engraver)
    Rigaud, Hyacinthe, born 1659 - died 1743 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Seligman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PS, shelf 6

Physical description

Print, portrait of a man, head and shoulders, full face, wearing an ermine cape, within an oval border with letters, on a plinth.

Place of Origin

France (printed)


early 18th century (printed)


Chéreau, I, François the elder I le vieux, born 1680 - died 1729 (engraver)
Rigaud, Hyacinthe, born 1659 - died 1743 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Andr. Hercules De Fleury, S.R.E. Cardinalis, Ant. Forojul. Ep. Regni Administer, Magnus Reginae Eleemosynarius &c. Offerebat B. Bauyn Sorb. Prior. Hyacinthus Rigaud pinx. Franciscus Chereau major Sculp.'


Height: 42.5 cm cut, Width: 33 cm cut

Descriptive line

Print, portrait of André Hercule de Fleury, engraving by François Chereau after Hyacinthe Rigaud, early 18th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bibliothèque Nationale. Catalogue de la collection des portraits français. Paris: G. Rapilly, 1896-1911. 7 v.
Bibliothèque National. Inventaire du Fonds Français. Paris: M. le Garrec, 1930.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1960: Volume 2, Edgar Seligman Gift. London: HMSO, 1966.

Production Note

This engraving was made in 1726, for the thesis of B. Bauyn, after the portrait by H. Rigaud, painted in 1705. It shows the repainting of the cardinal’s robes made in 1726. An impression of another engraving showing the earlier state of the painting is E.182-1960.



Subjects depicted

Cardinal; Statesman; Politician; Ermine


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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