Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime.
Writings by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
Memoirs of Vigée Lebrun: Chapter 1 — Youth1835
My young reputation attracted a number of strangers to our house. Several distinguished personages came to see me, among them the notorious Count Orloff, one of Peter the Third's assassins.
Memoirs of Vigée Lebrun: Chapter 2 — Up The Ladder Of Fame1835
On my arrival one of them brought in a jar of rose-water, with which he sprinkled my hands; then the tallest, whose name was Davich Kahn, gave me a sitting. I did him standing, with his hand on his dagger.
Memoirs of Vigée Lebrun: Chapter 3 — Work and Pleasure1835
My indifference to money no doubt proceeded from the fact that wealth was not necessary to me.