I had the honour of painting Jacqueline de Brissac, Doctor of Theology no less, of the ancient and impressive Chateau de Brissac, Loire Valley. The Duchess is the most delightful, vivacious and supremely intelligent lady. One day she arrived at my studio for a sitting. Having just travelled by train from her country seat with her husband, she handed to me a plastic carrier bag to save while she paid a visit to her hairdresser. I hung it on a peg in the studio while I painted the Duke. Shortly after, Jacqueline returned with a very chic blowdry. Preparing to sit for me, she tipped up the plastic bag and out fell.........EMERALDS AND DIAMONDS AS BIG AS EGGS! (almost). They were the family jewels, the same as seen in the portrait of her mother-in-law by Boutet de Monvel with an extra amazingly beautiful necklace. We added them to her portrait along with her beloved old dog, Bibi, seated on her blue silk lap. Jacqueline is one of my absolute favourite people.
Charcoal study for the portrait of the Duc de Brissac, Chateau de Brissac, Loire Valley
The same bracelet and adoring doggie, Duc de Brissac to the right
The Duchess of Brissac at my exhibition at Galerie Patrick Fourtin, Paris