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image of Beach near Etretat Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (artist)
French, 1796 - 1875
Beach near Etretat, c. 1872
oil on canvas
overall: 12.3 x 25.5 cm (4 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.) framed: 25.4 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm (10 x 15 x 1 1/4 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
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F. Stumpf, Paris; (Stumpf sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris 27 November 1894, no. 19, as Marine); purchased by (F. and J. Tempelaere, Paris).[1] Aimé Diot [d. 1896], Paris; (his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 8 March 1897, no. 35, as Falaises). Nicolas Auguste Hazard [1834-1913], Paris; (Hazard sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 3 December 1919, no. 91, as La Plage); purchased by Rosenthal, Paris; (Rosenthal sale, Paris, 9 May 1934, no. 67); purchased by Dr. Georges Viau [1855-1939], Paris; (his estate sale, part I, 11 December 1942, no. 81).[2] Baron Pellenc, Paris, in 1944. André Schoëller [1879-1955], Paris, in 1945.[3] Captain Edward H. Molyneux [1891-1974], Paris, by 1952;[4] sold 1955 to Ailsa Mellon Bruce [1901-1969], New York; bequest 1970 to NGA.

[1] Letter from Jean Dieterle, peintre-expert, dated 11 September 1970, in NGA curatorial files, gives Tempelaere as purchaser.

[2] According to press reports and an annotated sales catalogue, copy in NGA curatorial records, the picture sold for 560,000 francs to an unnamed purchaser.

[3] Pellenc and Schoeller per Dieterle letter cited in note 1. Schoeller acted as expert at the 1942 Viau sale.

[4] Exhibited in French Paintings from the Molyneux Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1952.

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