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A fine portrait of a soldier


He wears armour and full-bottomed powdered wig
painted in watercolour, in a silver frame with pierced spiral cresting

Arlaud was born in Geneva in 1668. His father was a watchmaker from the Auvergne. He began his artistic career painting small ornamental miniatures for the jewellers at Dijon. He also attempted some portraits, which proved sufficiently successful to encourage him to move to Paris, at the age of about twenty. It was not long before he distinguished himself in the city, and his pleasing style of painting portraits and fancy subjects recommended him to the patronage of the Duke of Orleans, who, being fond of the art, became his pupil, and accommodated him with apartments in the palace of St. Cloud.
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Year                 Circa 1690
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp. 7, 20 (#42)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Some paint loss at the border and crackling of paint on the armour of the sitter's left shoulder near the border at 5 o'clock
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