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image of Hunting in the Pontine Marshes Horace Vernet (artist)
French, 1789 - 1863
Hunting in the Pontine Marshes, 1833
oil on canvas
overall: 100 x 137 cm (39 3/8 x 53 15/16 in.) framed: 113 x 149.2 x 4.4 cm (44 1/2 x 58 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)
Chester Dale Fund
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Pierre-Hippolyte Aumont [d. 1865], by 1846.[1] Probably (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 6 May 1870, no. 4, as Chasse dans les marais Pontins).[2] (sale, Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 12 December 1988, no. 78); purchased 18 January 1989 by NGA.

[1] In a Paris sale, Tableaux modernes provenant en partie de la collection de M. D***, 29 March 1862, a painting by Horace Vernet, Chase au marais, figured under no. 53. The dimensions, given as 51 x 41 cm, are so much smaller than those of the picture in the NGA that a confusion with it seems not possible. The painting was lent by Aumont to the 1846 exhibition at the Bazar Bonne-Nouvelle.

[2] This sale reference did not appear in the NGA's systematic catalogue entry on the painting (Lorenz Eitner, French Paintings of the Nineteenth Century. Part I: Before Impressionism, New York and Oxford, 2000: 352-355), at which time the location of the painting's pendant, Departure for the Hunt in the Pontine Marshes, was not known. When the pendant appeared at auction in 2003 (it was subsequently purchased by the NGA and is now 2004.38.1), the sale catalogue cited Bruno Chenique's suggestion that NGA 1989.3.1 and NGA 2004.38.1 were lot numbers 4 and 5 in this 1870 sale.

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