Henry Bone after Hayter. Comte Victor Louis Alfred de Vaudreuil, 19th Century.
Comte Victor Louis Alfred de Vaudreuil was the son of Joseph Hyacinthe Francois de Paule de Rigaud (1740-1817), one of the most notorious members of the court of Louis XVI and favourite of Marie Antoinette.
Following the French Revolution, Victor’s father moved to England and in 1795 married his cousin with whom he had two sons; Charles (1796-1880) and Victor. Little is known of Victor’s life apart from the fact he held the position of First Secretary to the French Legation in Portugal by 1828 and undertook numerous other diplomatic duties for France. He held an ambassadorial role albeit with less influence. What is known however is that he was a fashionable member of society and features prominently amongst the news of the day, which frequently listed his presence at the numerous dinners and balls.