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- Titles Court Dance (Descriptive)
- Artist Follower of Gravelot, possibly, Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, German, 1712 - 1774 / Formerly attributed to Circle of, Nicolas Lancret, French, 1690 - 1743
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 25 3/4 × 32 1/4 in. (65.4 × 81.9 cm) frame: 33 1/8 × 39 5/8 × 2 1/4 in. (84.1 × 100.6 × 5.7 cm)
- Credit Line Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection, 1991.282
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- Inscription Verso, canvas, upper left: 1302 Verso, canvas, left, white crayon: 85 Verso, canvas, center left, typed label: ITOR [ripped] Verso, stretcher bar, upper right, label: N. Lancret ... ... A State Ball / From the Chateau de Champ de / Bataille, Eure, France Verso, stretcher bar, upper left, label: De Chateau de Champ / de Bataille, Eure [water damanged] Verso, stretcher bar, upper left: Pa [ripped] Verso, bottom frame rail, bottom left, white crayon: R 91 Verso, bottom frame rail, bottom right, marker: 1991.282 Verso, backing board, upper left, in marker: BMA 1991.282 Verso, backing board, upper right, in pencil: 6 / 1 1/2; 16 / 2 33 / 2 / 13 / 12 1 [long division equation Verso, backing board, bottom left, typed label: Nicolas Lancret / painting: Court Dance / oil on canvas / 25 x 31 1/2 in. (63.5 x 80 cm) / Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection / 1991.282
- Provenance Anne-François d’Harcourt (1727-1797), Château du Champ de Bataille [see note 1]. Dealer Kleinberger & Co., Inc.; purchased by dealer Georges de Batz, February 7, 1961 [see note 2]; purchased by Eugenia Woodward Hitt (1905-1990), New York, 1962; by bequest to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1991
1. The bill of sale between Georges de Batz and Eugenia Hitt claims “‘Les Souverains du Carnaval’ [meaning 1991.282] is probably the only picture that can be traced back with complete certainty to the collection of the duc de Bouvron (d’Harcourt).” Annotations on the photo of the work in the Sperling files at the Met gives the provenance: “Colls: Anne François d’Harcourt, Duc de Beuvron, Château de Champes-de-Bataille, / Eure, France / GK. Co 1961 / Georges de Batz /Mrs. Hitt.”
2. According to the bill of sale between Kleinberger & Co. and Georges de Batz. The bill of sale is found at the Getty Research Institute, Kleinberger Records, Series II., Box 287, reel 5.