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image of A Game of Horse and Rider Jean-Honoré Fragonard (artist)
French, 1732 - 1806
A Game of Horse and Rider, c. 1775/1780
oil on canvas
overall: 115 x 87.5 cm (45 1/4 x 34 7/16 in.) framed: 145.1 x 116.8 x 12.1 cm (57 1/8 x 46 x 4 3/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: 18th-Century France — Boucher and Fragonard
Object 3 of 8


Possibly William Williams Hope [1802-1855], Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire, and Paris; possibly by gift to Madame Jenny Colon [1808-1842], Paris.[1] Emile [1800-1875] and Isaac [1806-1880] Péreire, Paris, by 1864; (Péreire sale, at their residence by Pillet and Petit, Paris, 6-9 March 1872, no. 61); Frédéric-Alexis-Louis Pillet-Will, comte Pillet [1837-1911], Paris, until at least 1910.[2] (Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London), by 1932;[3] Calouste Gulbenkian [1869-1955]; (Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London);[4] sold 1942 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1946 to NGA.

[1] For the Hope-Colon provenance, see W. Bürger, "Galerie de MM. Pereire," Gazette des Beaux-Arts ser. I, 16 (April 1864): 201.

[2] The painting was lent by Pillet-Will to an exhibition in Berlin in 1910.

[3] The painting was lent by Wildenstein to a 1932 exhibition in London.

[4] Georges Wildenstein's letter of 21 January 1952 to John Walker (NGA curatorial files) confirms Gulbenkian's ownership and the fact "that my father bought [it] back from him."

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