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Étienne François de Choiseul, Duke of Choiseul

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    01/05/1771 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Laurie, Robert Lowery, born 1755 - died 1836 (engraver)
    Loo, Louis-Michel van, born 1707 - died 1771 (artist)
    Robert Sayer (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 100

Physical description

Full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly right, leaning against a plinth, wearing a sash and sword, and standing against an architectural background with allegorical figures. The sitter rests his right arm on the plinth and holds a roll of paper in his hand. At the base of the plinth lies a sword and the staff of Mercury, with two snakes entwined around it. In the right background are two senators and the figure of a bearded man - Diogenes (?) - with a dog, lantern and staff.

Place of Origin

London (published)


01/05/1771 (published)


Laurie, Robert Lowery, born 1755 - died 1836 (engraver)
Loo, Louis-Michel van, born 1707 - died 1771 (artist)
Robert Sayer (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'L. M. Vanloo pinxit. Robt. Lowery fecit. R. Sayer Excudit. Imp à Londres chez Robt. Sayer, Publié selon l'Acte Parlement le 1 Mai 1771.'
Lettered with name of sitter etc. in French, Latin motto and

With the mark of the collection of Alfred Morrison (Lugt 151)


Height: 50.2 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

Descriptive line

Print, portrait of Étienne François de Choiseul, Duke of Choiseul. Mezzotint by Robert Laurie after Louis-Michel van Loo, 1771.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.
Smith, John Chaloner. British Mezzotinto Portraits. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1883.



Subjects depicted

Sword; Snakes; Plinth; Staff; Dog; Lantern; Staff; Senators


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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