Clara de la Motte

José Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendozaca. 1795

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection
New Orleans, United States

Half-length portrait of a woman shown in three-quarter view facing right. She wears a blue gown trimmed with wide border of lace featuring a rose and floral pattern. She wears white and blue aigrettes in her brown hair, which is worn in a bouffant style. She wears long chain-link earrings and a lavaliere on a gold chain. She holds a sprig of grain in her right hand and has a small bird on her left hand. She sits in a chair with a curved wooden crest rail and red upholstery. The sitter was a Jewish émigré from the Spanish colony of Curaçao who arrived in New Orleans in 1787.


  • Title: Clara de la Motte
  • Creator: José Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza
  • Creator Lifespan: ca. 1750-1802
  • Date Created: ca. 1795
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 1/16" x 24 13/16"
  • Type: oil paintings (visual works); portraits
  • Rights: Physical rights are retained by The Historic New Orleans Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.
  • Medium: oil paint (paint); canvas
  • Art Form: Paintings
  • Support: oil painting (technique)
  • Depicted Person: Motte, Clara de la, ca. 1761-1822
  • Depicted Topic: Portrait paintings
  • Credit Line: The Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Accession Number: 1981.213

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