National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Nymphs Feeding the Child Jupiter Follower of Nicolas Poussin
Anonymous Artist (painter)
Nicolas Poussin (related artist)
French, 1594 - 1665
Nymphs Feeding the Child Jupiter, c. 1650
oil on canvas
overall: 117.4 x 155.3 cm (46 1/4 x 61 1/8 in.) framed: 148 x 184.2 x 12.1 cm (58 1/4 x 72 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
Not on View
From the Tour: Seventeenth-Century French Painting
Object 6 of 8


Sir Robert Walpole, 1st earl of Orford [1676- 1745], Dressing Room of 10 Downing Street, London, by 1736;[1] by inheritance to his son, Horace Walpole, 4th earl of Orford and 2nd baron Walpole [1717-1797], Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Middlesex;[2] by inheritance to the daughter of his cousin Henry Seymour Conway, Mrs. Anne Seymour Damer [d. 1828], Strawberry Hill, who in 1811, as directed by terms of the 4th Earl's will, turned the estate over to his niece, Maria, Dowager Countess of Waldegrave [d. 1835], Strawberry Hill; by inheritance to her grandson, John James Waldegrave, 6th earl of Waldegrave [1785-1835], Strawberry Hill; by inheritance to his son, George Edward Waldegrave, 7th earl of Waldegrave [1816-1846], Strawberry Hill; (Strawberry Hill sale, at the residence by George Robins, Twickenham, 25 April - 24 May 1842, 21st day [18 May 1842], no. 46, as The Education of Jupiter); Sir John Easthope, bt. [1784-1865], London.[3] Mrs. Doyle. Major Cecil Uvedale Corbett [1880-1944], Stableford Hall, Stableford, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire; presumably by inheritance to his son, Lt.-Col. Uvedale Corbett [1909-2005], Shobdon, near Leominster, Herefordshire;[4] (C. Marshall Spink, London);[5] sold 1947 to (Wildenstein and Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London); sold 1947 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1952 to NGA.

[1] "A Catalogue of the Right Hon.ble Sir Robert Walpole's Collection of Pictures, 1736" in New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, MSS. PML 7586. According to Horace Walpole, his father paid 114 Pounds -- a large sum, but not as much as the 320 Pounds he paid for his other accepted Poussin, The Holy Family with Sts. John and Elizabeth. This, of course, cannot be used as a reliable determinant of a painting's attribution.

[2] A Description of the Villa of Mr. Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill, 1764: 75. The Education of Jupiter appears in the Round Drawing Room.

[3] Aedes Strawberrianae. Names of Purchasers and the Prices to the Sale Catalogue of the Choice Collections of Art and Virtù, at Strawberry-Hill Villa, formed by Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford, London, 1842: 50.

[4] The three preceding names were provided by C. Marshall Spink. Martha Hepworth of the Getty Provenance Index further identified the Corbett family and thus reversed the names from the order in which they were given in Colin Eisler, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian, Oxford, 1977: 281; see her letter of 17 March 1986 to Suzannah Fabing, in NGA curatorial files, and Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, London, 1965: 164-165. A draft of Cecil Uvedale Corbett's will (photocopy received from Shropshire Archives, NGA curatorial files) does not itemize any paintings, although they were likely included in either the "Ashfield heirlooms" or the "one half of other pictures at Stableford to be selected as is herinafter provided" that were bequeathed to his first son, Uvedale Corbett.

[5] According to Georges Wildenstein (letter to Fern Rusk Shapley, 5 January 1961, NGA curatorial files), Spink bought the painting "at a sale in an English country house, probably a sale which took place at Stableford Hall." Attempts to find a record of this sale have proved unsuccessful.

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