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François Bernard (French/New Orleans, 1812-1875), "Portrait of Madame Jules Arnaud Blanc, née Mary Inskeep Palfrey (1828-1887)", 1859, oil on canvas, signed and dated mid-right, 41 1/2 in. x 32 in., framed. Provenance: Williamson-LeBlanc Collection, Cornstalk Fence House, New Orleans. Note: A second marriage for both the bride and groom, Mary Inskeep Palfrey and Jules Arnaud Blanc were married in New Orleans in 1856. Blanc, whose ancestors had intermarried with the Labatut family, spent his childhood in the familial home, the Evariste Blanc House, on Bayou St. John, now the parish rectory of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. He owned a brickyard, as had his father, and was president of the State National Bank. The couple is buried in Lafayette Cemetery Number 1.
This beautifully rendered portrait of Madame Blanc bears a striking resemblance, with its deep red background, to Bernard’s portrait from only a year prior of Jeanne Roman de la Villebeuvre (sold in these rooms November 23, 2013). Both women wear classic antebellum dresses, and Madame Blanc’s sheer, black lace sleeves are accented by the gold of her jewelry and the black lacquered and gilt-decorated side table included in the composition.
Ref.: Heidari, Melissa Walker, ed. Grace King in Her Journals, 1886-1910. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2004.

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François Bernard (French/New Orleans, 1812-1875)

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4038 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
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