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Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon (1543-1615) wearing the sash of the Order of the Saint Esprit attributed to Louise Weyler Kugler

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Inscribed on the reverse "Le Baron Crillon / peint par Louys Lerambert/ L'an 1625."

Louise Des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, soldier and companion at arms of Henry IV was involved in the French Wars of religion. He was called the man without fear and, by Henry IV the brave of the brave.

Crillon became an officer in 1557 and distinguished himself in the siege of Calais and the capture of Guînes through his courage. He suppressed the conspiracy of Amboise in 1560 and fought against the Huguenots and excelled at Dreux, St. Denis, Jarnac and Moncontour.

After the peace of St. Germain (1570), he fought as a Maltese under John of Austria against the Turks and participated in the battle of Lepanto. Openly condemning the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, he fought at the Siege of La Rochelle (1572-1573). Henry III, whom he accompanied to Poland named him governor of Lyon.

In the war with the League, he forced La Fère to surrender and was made captain of a regiment of the guard, member of the royal council and general lieutenant of the infantry and took Provence in 1586. He spoke out against Henry III's plan to assassinate the Duke of Guise. Later, he was the only support of the weak Henry III and became a friend and counsel of Henry IV under whom he took part in the battle of Ivry and the siege of Paris. In his war against Spain, he again excelled and commanded an army in Savoy. After the peace, he retired to Avignon, where he died.

This enamel by Mme Kugler possibly forms part of the unfinished series (Panthéon) of celebrated people begun by her husband, Jean Baptiste Weyler. Louise was the wife and pupil of J.B. Weyler.
More Information
Year                 Circa 1820
Medium                 Enamel on copper
Signed                 Inscribed on the reverse 'Le Baron Crillon / peint par Louys Lerambert/ L'an 1625.'
Provenance                 D David-Weill, Collection, Paris 4194
Literature                 Clore Collection, 1957, No. 385
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