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Paris 1740 - Count Carl Gustaf Tessin, connoisseur and scholar

The Louvre unveils a collection of paintings and drawings owned by Carl Gustaf Tessin in the eighteenth century.

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Paris 1740 - Count Carl Gustaf Tessin, connoisseur and scholar

The Louvre unveils a collection of paintings and drawings owned by Carl Gustaf Tessin in the eighteenth century.

From Friday 21 October 2016 to Monday 16 January 2017

Musée du Louvre

Besides being an influential politician, Carl Gustaf Tessin (or Charles Gustave de Tessin in French) was a great art lover. In fact, the man who served for three years (1739-1741) as ambassador of Sweden to the court of King Louis XV (he even advised the French alliance and signed a treaty in Versailles in 1742), had a passion for paintings and drawings, which he collected carefully.

However, because of hisoutstanding debts, he was forced to sell all of his works upon his return home, especially to the King of Sweden Frederic I andto the Crown Prince Adolphus Frederick.

The exhibition, both thematic and chronologic, presents this collection especially by Carl Gustaf Tessin.

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