|Nicolas Largillière, Portrait of Marie-Marguerite, Madame d'Arouet, c.1700|
René Pomeau, who had seen both portraits, was circumspect. The "presumed" portrait of Voltaire's father shows a young man about town, a "petit maître", rather than a serious man of the law. He also commented wisely on the fruitlessness of speculations concerning the resemblance between mother and son, based only on Largillière's (disappointingly non-descript) portrait. [René Pomeau, D'Arouet à Voltaire 1694-1734 (1985) p. 28 nt 3].
Voltaire : un homme, un siècle, [catalogue of an exhibition held at the Bibliothèque nationale, 25 janvier-22 avril 1979], Nos. 4 and 5.