[France] Qui est elle? La Justice peut elle rester indecise?
Printed from two plates: aquatint portrait, stipple hand. Sheet 215 x 170mm (8½ x 6¾"). Slight soiling.
An unusual print, with a separately-printed hand reaching from a cloak on the left side of the sheet to point at the title, 'Who is she? Can Justice remain undecided?'. It is a portrait of Adélaïde Marie Rogres Lusignan de Champignelles, marquise de Douhault, widow of Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Douhault. Born in 1741 she was reported to have died at Orléans in 1788, and her attempts to reclaim her titles dragged on for some time: she petitioned both Emperor Napoleon and Louis XVIII! The paper she holds reads 'Périrai-je sans avoir recouvre mon nom?' (Must I perish without recovering my name?). Another state of this engraving has Adélaide's name rather than this enigmatic title, and the paper reads 'Requête à L'Empereur et Roi'.
[Ref: 30275] £160.00