Antoine Watteau

The Italian Comedians



Antoine Watteau - The Italian Comedians

Literature

John Walker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, New York, 1995, nr. 438
Philip Conisbee, French paintings of the fifteenth through the eighteenth century, Washington; Princeton, N.J., 2009, nr. 99


Provenance

Possibly commissioned by Dr. Richard Mead (1673-1754), London
his estate sale, Langford, London, 20-22 March 1754, 3rd day, nr. 43, paired with no. 42, A Pastoral Conversation
Alderman William Beckford (1709-1770), London and Fonthill, Wiltshire, or his brother, Richard Beckford (died 1756), London
Roger Harenc (died 1763), London
his estate sale, Langford, London, 1-3 March 1764, 3rd day, nr. 52, a pair with A Musical Conversation (each day's lots begin with no. 1)
Augustus Henry, 3rd duke of Grafton (1735-1811), Euston Hall and London
Thomas Baring (1799-1873), acquired between 1851 and 1856
by inheritance to his nephew, Thomas George Baring, 1st earl of Northbrook (1826-1904), London
with Asher Wertheimer, London
purchased June 1888 by Thos. Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London
sold the same month to Sir Edward Cecil Guinness (later 1st earl of Iveagh, 1847-1927), Dublin, London, Cowes, and Elveden Hall, Suffolk
by inheritance to his third son, Walter Edward Guinness, 1st baron Moyne (1880-1944), London
purchased 18 February 1930 by Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London
Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1875-1947), Schloss Rohoncz, Rechnitz, Hungary, and Amsterdam, by July 1930
with Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London, by December 1936
purchased 23 November 1942 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York
gift 1946 to NGA

External links

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Accession number 1946.7.9

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Antoine Watteau Ceres (Summer)
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c. 1717/18

Antoine Watteau The Shepherds
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Antoine Watteau Merry Company
Merry Company
c. 1718-20

Antoine Watteau The French Comedy
The French Comedy

Antoine Watteau
The Italian Comedians
c. 1720
63.8 x 76.2 cm
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Samuel H. Kress Collection