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image of Victor Guye Francisco de Goya (painter)
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
Victor Guye, 1810
oil on canvas
overall: 103.5 x 84.5 cm (40 3/4 x 33 1/4 in.) framed: 133 x 111.1 x 7.6 cm (52 3/8 x 43 3/4 x 3 in.)
Gift of William Nelson Cromwell
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From the Tour: Francisco de Goya
Object 8 of 9


Commissioned by Nicolas Guye, uncle of the sitter; by gift to Vincent Guye, father of the sitter, who transported the painting from Madrid to Saint-Dié;[1] (Trotti et Cie., Paris), by 1913;[2] (M. Knoedler & Co., Paris, London, and New York), by 1913;[3] purchased in 1916 by J. Horace Harding [1863-1929], New York; his estate, (sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 1 March 1941, 36, no. 59) to his children, Charles B. Harding, Catherine Tailer, and Laura Harding; from whom purchased for NGA by William Nelson Cromwell.

[1]Priscilla Muller, "Goya's Portrait of General Guye", Arts in Virginia, XII, 2 (Winter, 1972), 11 for the provenance of Portrait of Victor Guye and its companion, Portrait of Nicholas Guye, which is currently in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. [2] Aureliano de Beruete y Moret, "Deux portraits inédits de Goya," Les Arts (April 1913): 2-4 repro. 3. [3] Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald, L'Oeuvre peint de Goya, 4 vols. (Paris, 1928-1950), vol. 2 (of text): 292, no. 551s. Knoedler's ownership in 1915 is established by their 1915 exhibition catalogue. 4. Annotated copy of the Harding sale catalogue at the Frick Art Reference Library, New York; provenance records in the NGA curatorial files. On the sale, see also Helen Comstock "Auction Sales," Connoisseur 108 (1941): 204. The National Portrait Gallery's (Washington) annotated version of the Harding sale catalogue has a purchase price written in the margin, so it is unclear as to whether the painting was bought in or if the Harding children actually purchased it (although the reserve price is often pencilled in the margin when the painting is bought in).

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