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image of The Swing Jean-Honoré Fragonard (artist)
French, 1732 - 1806
The Swing, c. 1775/1780
oil on canvas
overall: 215.9 x 185.5 cm (85 x 73 1/16 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: 18th-Century France — Boucher and Fragonard
Object 4 of 8


Casimir Perrin, marquis de Cypierre [1783-1844], Paris; (his estate sale, at his residence by Thoré, Paris, 10 March 1845 and day following, no. 52 or 53). possibly marquise de Montesquiou-Fezensac, Paris; Camille Groult [1837-1908], Paris, until at least 1889.[1] (Wildenstein & Co., New York); sold February 1954 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[2] gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] This painting and its pendant, Blindman's Buff (NGA 1961.9.16) were possibly the two Fragonards sold from the Montesquiou-Fezensac collection prior to its 1897 sale (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 19 March 1897); see Colin Eisler, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian, Oxford, 1977: 331 n. 17. Camille Groult was given as the owner of the paintings in publications of 1889 and 1927. However, the latter publication must have meant Groult was a former owner, as he died in 1908; although it is possible the painting was inherited by his son, Jean Groult (1868-1951). The painting was not included in the 21 March 1952 sale of the Groult collection.

[2] The bill of sale (copy in NGA curatorial files) is dated February 10, 1954, and was for a total of fourteen paintings; payments by the Foundation continued to March 1957.

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