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Oil painting - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1841 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leslie, Charles Robert (R.A.), born 1794 - died 1859 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case EAST WALL

The scene comes from Molière's satirical comedy The Bourgeois Gentleman, which was first performed in 1670. Monsieur Jourdain wishes to be thought of as a gentleman. In demonstrating his new fencing skills to his maidservant Nicole, he is embarrassed to be struck several times by her foil. His wife looks on in amusement.
Leslie was brought up in the United States, but worked in London. He was a friend and biographer of the landscape painter John Constable.

Physical description

Oil painting depicting characters fencing from Moliere's 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme', (Act III, Scene 3).

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


ca. 1841 (painted)


Leslie, Charles Robert (R.A.), born 1794 - died 1859 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 61 cm estimate, Width: 97.7 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting by Charles Robert Leslie entitled 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' (Moliere, 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' Act III, Scene 3). Great Britain, 1841.

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 165-66


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Fencing; Sword




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