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        Samuel Bernard, Comte de Coubert, 1699

        Vivien, Joseph (1657-1734); French. Medium: pastel on paper. Date: 1699. Samuel Bernard (1651-1739) French financier and banker to Louis XIV; creator of the French Guinea Company (La Compagnie de Guin�e) at the request of Louis XIV; declared by Saint-Simon to be the most famous and richest banker in Europe, 'le plus fameux et le plus riche banquier de l'Europe'; created Comte de Coubert in 1725 by Louis XV; son of the painter Samuel Bernard (1615-87); Provenance: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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