The Torture of the Vestal Virgin. 1790. Henri Pierre Danloux. French 1753-1809. oil/canvas. Louvre.    http;//hadrian6.tumblr.com

Mademoiselle Rosalie Duthé (1792). Henri-Pierre Danloux (French, 1753-1809). Oil on canvas. Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.

Duthé, here with a painting and books, was a celebrated French courtesan. A companion of French kings and European nobility, she has been called “the first officially recorded dumb blonde.” Duthé was an often requested subject for portraits. Danloux was Duthé’s favorite artist, and he recorded some of his sessions with her in his diary.

Adam Duncan (1731–1804), 1st Viscount Duncan of Camperdown, Admiral

Henri-Pierre Danloux (1753–1809)

National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery