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French 18th Century
Portrait of a Woman

c. 1711
oil on canvas
69.2 x 58.7 cm (27 1/4 x 23 1/8 in)
Watteau, Antoine, 1684-1721
Possibly Abbé Thuelin, Paris. possibly James de Rothschild [1792-1868], Châtea de Boulogne, Paris. possibly Lamorélie, Brittany. possibly Baron de Fourment, Château de Cercamp, near Frévent; possibly (his estate sale, Château de Cercamp, 21-28 April 1892, no. 50, as Bon Portrait de Femme by Largillierre). (Wildenstein & Co., Paris, New York, and London), by 1929; sold December 1944 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [1] gift 1946 to NGA. [1] Colin Eisler, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian, Oxford, 1977: 296-297, gives the possible early provenance without documenting his sources. The memorandum of agreement between Wildenstein & Co. and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for the sale of ten paintings, including Portrait of Sylvia by Jean Antoine Watteau, is dated 28 December 1944 (copy in NGA curatorial files).
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