English artists @ Cognacq-Jay
The Musée Carnavalet is closed until end 2019, but its little brother and neighbour Musée Cognacq-Jay, specialising in the 18th century French painting, is open, still free, and currently focusing on its English works collection.
The event is not a dedicated temporary exhibition, but more a guided tour of the English works on display along the permanent collection.
The paintings are mainly portraits or childhood scenes (as for French works too, by the way). Some are particularly striking, like the Portrait of Charles Colmore by Francis Cotes, the portrait of Robert Henley by Joshua Reynolds or the picture of princess Clementine of Metternich given to Thomas Lawrence. The Portrait of two girls and The Children in disguise by William Artaud are also to be noted. Pastels and drawings also feature the same domains, with masterpieces by Daniel Gardner, Hugh Douglas Hamilton and John Russell. A very interesting portrait of Henry Philip Hope in a black coat with slashed pink openings is on display too, a large enamel by Henry Bone.
Precious objects are also being showcased: boxes or pouches for letters, jewels, wax or cisors, all finely decorated and glazed, marvels of refinement. Lovers of the Enlightenment will be delighted.
Monday Am - Monday Pm
Address: 8, rue Elzévir - 75003 - Paris