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The portrait of Chancellor Séguier is one of those art icons we naturally think of as rightfully being in a museum. Nonetheless it was only after a long and eventful career that it joined France's national treasures in 1942. Inexplicably ignored by Charles Le Brun's contemporaries - apart from a brief allusion by the artist's biographer Nivelon - the picture is first mentioned as belonging to the Duke d'Estissac, a descendent of the Chancellor. At the time of the French Revolution it was confiscated from the Château d'Estissac along with the rest of the duke's property and taken to nearby Troyes, where it was hung in City Hall. Under the First Empire it was reclaimed by the family, who kept it in hiding until it was acquired in 1942, after the death of the Baroness de la Chevrelière, née Séguier.