Isaac de Benserade (1613-1691), who had been the darling of the Hotel de Rambouillet and a famous précieux poet. He was a supporter of Fontenelle in the Quarrel of ancients and modems, and an adversary of La Bruyère's; there is a touch of personal animosity in this portrait.

Note from Of Society And Conversation, the fifth chapter of 'Characters' by Jean De La Bruyère (1688)

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