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image of Diana and Endymion Jean-Honoré Fragonard (painter)
French, 1732 - 1806
Diana and Endymion, c. 1753/1756
oil on canvas
overall: 94.9 x 136.8 cm (37 3/8 x 53 7/8 in.) framed: 125.1 x 168.3 cm (49 1/4 x 66 1/4 in.)
Timken Collection
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From the Tour: 18th-Century France — Boucher and Fragonard
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Sir Richard Wallace, 1st bt. [1818-1890], London and Paris, by 1883;[1] by inheritance to his wife, Lady Julie-Amélie-Charlotte Castelnau Wallace [1819-1897], London and Paris; by inheritance to her secretary and legatee, Sir John Murray Scott [1847-1912], Paris; by inheritance to his friend, Josephine Victoria Sackville-West, Lady Sackville [1864-1936], Sevenoaks, Kent [painting remained in Paris during this time]; sold 1913 to (Jacques Seligmann and Co., Inc., Paris and New York, no. 579 of Seligmann inventory); sold 1914 to (M. Knoedler & Co., London, New York, and Paris); sold March 1922 to John McCormack [1884-1945], New York; (M. Knoedler & Co., London, New York, and Paris); sold 1924 to William R. Timken [1866-1949], New York;[2] by inheritance to his widow, Lillian Guyer Timken [1881-1959] New York; bequest 1960 to NGA.

[1] Alexandre Ananoff, with Daniel Wildenstein, François Boucher, 2 vols., Lausanne and Paris, 1976: 1:173, no. 36, confused the early provenance of NGA's Diana and Endymion by Fragonard with that of the Boucher painting of the same title. It was the Boucher painting that appeared in sales in Paris in 1773, 1779, and 1830.

[2] Provenance information beginning with Knoedler's 1914 purchase from Seligmann's through their 1924 sale to Timken is from David Rust's notes of a telephone conversation on 15 July 1981 with Nancy Little, Knoedler librarian (in NGA curatorial files).

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