An Equestrian Portrait

Joseph Parrocel1675 - 1682

Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle
Skoklosters, Sweden

Equestrian portrait of Francoise Madeleine Claude St.Géran, born de Warignes, with a view of the Palace of Versaille in the background.

The portrait belongs to a series of six at Skokloster Castle, all depicting Ladies of the French high court on horseback with similar landscape views in the background painted for Louis Marie Victoire, Duc d´Aumont. The paintings were given as a gift to or bought by the Swedish ambassador Count Nils Bielke during his stay in Paris 1679-82. The series were later transferred from Bielkes castle at Salsta to Skokloster Castle in 1756. All six paintings bear the inscription Pour Monseigr Le Duc Daumont on the back of the canvas.


  • Title: An Equestrian Portrait
  • Creator: Joseph Parrocel
  • Date Created: 1675 - 1682
  • Location Created: Versaille, France
  • artist: Joseph Parrocel, attributed to
  • Tags: French school, Baroque, Equestrian portrait
  • Provenance: Louis Marie Victoire d´Aumont de Rockebaron (1632-1704), Nils Bielke (1644-1716), Salsta Castle 1696, Skokloster Castle 1756
  • Physical Dimensions: w 570, h 680 mm (Without frame)
  • Artist info: Joseph Parrocel, also known as Parrocel de Batailles, was the son of the painter Barthélemy Parrocel. He studied in Rome under Jacques Courtois and is most famous for his battle scene paintings showing the grandness of Louis XIV. He also did decorative works at the Palace of Versaille and at Chateau de Marly, the king’s weekend refuge.
  • Type: Oil on canvas

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