"In fact, it was made for Mme de Pompadour"
Mme. de Pompadour depicted as Diana (1748)
Public DomainMme. de Pompadour depicted as Diana (1748) - Credit: Jean-Marc Nattier
Portrait of Louis XV (1748)
Public DomainPortrait of Louis XV (1748) - Credit: Maurice Quentin de la Tour

 Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764) was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 until her death.

In the French court of the period, the King's chief mistress was known as maîtresse-en-titre, a semi-official position which had various specific privileges attached to it.

 

Portrait of Mme. Pompadour (1756)
Public DomainPortrait of Mme. Pompadour (1756) - Credit: François Boucher