National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Christopher Columbus and His Son at La Rábida Eugène Delacroix (artist)
French, 1798 - 1863
Christopher Columbus and His Son at La Rábida, 1838
oil on canvas
overall: 90.3 x 118 cm (35 9/16 x 46 7/16 in.) framed: 118.4 x 146.7 cm (46 5/8 x 57 3/4 in.)
Chester Dale Collection
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Commissioned by Anatoly Nikolaievich Demidov [1812-1870], prince of San Donato, near Florence; (his sale, 26 boulevard des Italiens, Paris, 21 February 1870, no. 25);[1] purchased by Edouard André, Paris, for 38,000 francs;[2] purchased 30 November 1887 by (Arnold & Tripp, Paris); sold 1 December 1887 to E. Secrétan [d. 1899], Paris;[3] (his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 13 July 1889, no. 13, 30,187 francs); purchased by (Durand-Ruel et Cie., New York and Paris);[4] (M. Knoedler & Co., London, New York, and Paris), by 1890;[5] Peter A.B. Widener [1834-1915], Philadelphia, and Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, by 1892;[6] sold 1910 to (M. Knoedler & Co., London and New York, and P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, New York, and Paris);[7] sold to (Galerie Georges Petit, Paris);[8] Ferdinand Blumenthal [d. 1914], Paris, by 1912;[9] Count Cecil Pecci-Blunt [d.1965], Paris; sold 6 July 1929 to (Alex Reid & Lefevre, London); one third shares with (La Peinture Contemporain, Lucerne, and Peinture Contemporaine, Paris);[10] sold 9 February 1932 to Chester Dale [1883-1962], New York; bequest 1963 to NGA.

[1] The original etching by Félix Bracquemond was published in the catalogue of the Demidov sale, 21 February 1870; its reproduction by the photographic zinc-plate process of Gillot père appeared in L'Illustration, 5 February 1870: 101.

[2] Annotated sales catalogue from M. Knoedler & Co. library. This is probably the Edouard André whose collection, with that of his wife Nélie Jacquemart, forms the Paris museum that bears their names.

[3] Chester Dale papers in NGA curatorial files.

[4] Chester Dale papers in NGA curatorial files and Algernon Graves, Art Sales (London: 1918-1923) I: 213.

[5] Getty Provenance Index citing M. Knoedler & Co.'s records.

[6] The picture is visible in a photograph, probably dating from 1892, of the Widener's picture gallery in Philadelphia, published in Michael J. Lewis, "He was not a Connoisseur," Nineteenth Century 12 (1993): 34. See William J. Williams' memo dated 4 February 1994 in NGA curatorial files.

[7] Lynnewood Hall card file of Widener Collection objects in NGA curatorial files says Widener sold the painting in 1910 to M. Knoedler. The Getty Provenance Index, citing M. Knoedler's records, includes P. & D. Colnaghi.

[8] Getty Provenance Index, citing M. Knoedler's records.

[9] Précis dated 9 February 1932, in NGA curatorial files.

[10] Reid & Lefevre Paintings Sold sheet no. 268, #156/29 B1582, gives acquisition source and sale date, and information about partial shares (Lefevre archives, Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, Tate Britain, TGA 2002/11, Box 283); see also correspondence between Reid & Lefevre and Galerie Georges Petit dated October-November (Lefevre archives, Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, Tate Britain, TGA 2002/11, Box 218). La Peinture Contemporaine lent the painting to a 1931 exhibition at the Musée Permanent des Colonies in Paris (Exposition Coloniale Internationale de Paris, part I, unnumbered). The bill of sale dated 9 February 1932 in NGA curatorial files is between Chester Dale and La Peinture Contemporaine S.A., Lucerne, "Representant de la Societé Anonyme des Galerie Georges Petit, Paris." Chester Dale papers in NGA curatorial files list the source of the painting as Bignou, a partner of Reid & Lefevre.

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