Madame Le Fèvre de Caumartin as Hebe
oil on canvas
102.5 x 81.5 cm (40 3/8 x 32 1/16 in)
Traditionally said to have belonged to Odette-Marie de Montesquiou-Fezensac [1853-1874], wife of comte Antoine de Gramont d'Aster [1846-1894]; presumably by inheritance to her brother, Louis-Paul-Anatole, marquis de Montesquiou-Fezensac [1857-1883]; by inheritance to his widow [née Claude-Étiennette-Marie-Octavie de Sauvan d'Aramon, 1864-1936];  (Wildenstein & Co., Paris, New York, and London); sold December 1944 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1946 to NGA.  The provenance provided by Wildenstein to the Kress Foundation also includes the name of the comtesse Fleury, with no additional information. The picture was not included in any known Gramont or Fleury sales; see Colin Eisler, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation: European Schools Excluding Italian, Oxford, 1977: 311 nn 7 and 8.  The memorandum of agreement between Wildenstein & Co. and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for the sale of ten paintings, including Mme. de Caumartin by Jean Marc Nattier, is dated 28 December 1944 (copy in NGA curatorial files).  The Gramont, Fleury, and Montesquiou names also appear in the provenance provided by Wildenstein; see letter dated 14 April 1999 in NGA curatorial files.