Portrait de Hilaire Rouillé du Coudray dit de Boissy, marquis de Boissy et du Coudray (1765-1840)
En lapin, ca. 1775-99. (Marquis de Boissy as a Rabbit).
The marquis was a member of an ancient & opulent family, & a politician in addition to holding military positions. He had a reputation for being as greedy as he was rich. According to legend, when he got on a stagecoach, he sat on top of his suitcases to save money which was called ‘monter en lapin’.