label: on back: "Vergennes / by / Trumbull / by repute"
An identification of the subject as the French dramatist Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-99) has been proposed, but not substantiated. An alternative identification is Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes (1717-87), the French statesman and foreign minister who supported the American revolution against British sovereignty.
Gift of Eliza R. and Mary M. Greenwood
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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