Louis Gabriel Blanchet (1705-1772)
Artist of 3 portraits
Louis Gabriel Blanchet was a French painter. In 1727, he won the prestigious Prix de Rome competition; this success enabled him to set up a portrait practice in Rome, where he was encouraged by the patronage of the Duc de Saint-Aignan, French ambassador to the Holy See. He spent many years as a close rival to Pompeo Batoni, each trying to outdo the other in their depictions of European royalty and aristocracy.
by Louis Gabriel Blanchet
oil on canvas, 1741
On display at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, in the exhibition 'Imagining Power: The Jacobites'