I can find nothing about her other than her name may have been Theodore Elizabeth Catherine or, more likely, Katarzyna Bienlinska (1684-1761). Her son may be the Baron Besenval who commanded the Swiss Guards' during their unsuccessful defense of Marie Antoinette.
From the Sotheby's Web site.
The Baroness de Besenval is dressed in turn-of-the-century dress, but without fripon curls over the eyes, in this de Largillière portrait.
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Jan 19, 2014, 12:59 AM
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