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Pierre Paul Prud'hon
David Johnston

oil on canvas
54.6 x 46.4 cm (21 1/2 x 18 1/4 in)
The portrait's original owner is said to have been the sitter [1789-1854], Bordeaux, France; by descent to the Johnston family, Bordeaux. [1] Edouard-Napoléon-Cesar-Edmond Mortier, duc de Trévise [1883-1946], Paris, in 1913; (his sale, Hôtel Jean Charpentier, Paris, 19 May 1938, no. 36); bought in for the family by (Robert Lebel [1901-1986], Paris); [2] (Julius H. Weitzner [1896-1986], New York); sold 1952 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1961 to NGA. [1] Information that the picture remained with the Johnston family until its purchase for the duc de Trévise in 1913 was first published by Charles Sterling in Chefs-d-oeuvre de l'art français (Exh. cat. Palais National des Arts, Paris, 1937: 105, no. 211). This was not repeated in the catalogue of the Trévise sale in 1938. [2] An annotated copy of Trévise sale catalogue gives Lebel, one of the experts at the sale, as the buyer. Julius Weitzner wrote to Dr. Suida at the Kress Foundation that the painting was bought in by the family, and that he (Weitzner) "purchased it from the sole survivor of the Duc de Trevise" (letter, 21 March 1952, copy in NGA curatorial files)
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