Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Suzanne Necker

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J. H. Lips. Suzanne Necker, circa 1775–1800. National Portrait Gallery, London

Suzanne Necker
b. 1739, Crassier, Switzerland; d. 1794, Beaulieu, France

Married to Jacques Necker, the French minister of finance under Louis XVI, Suzanne Necker hosted a brilliant Parisian salon that attracted the likes of Denis Diderot, Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon, Friedrich Melchior Grimm, and Jean-François Marmontel. She established the Hôtel Necker, a hospital for poverty-stricken patients. After Necker's death, her husband published her collected writings as Mélanges (1798 and 1801), moral musings that reveal her strong religious convictions. Her daughter was Germaine de Staël.

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