Count Gustav Philip Creutz, Swedish Minister in Paris, by whom lent to the Paris Salon in 1767, and thus presumably acquired from the artist earlier in the same year;
Sold or given to Gustaf Adolf Sparre when he visited Count Creutz in Paris in 1780, or following Creutz' return to Sweden in 1783;
Sparre inv., 1794, no. 53.
Probably because it is neither signed nor dated, it has not previously been noticed that this picture is by De Loutherbourg, and certainly not that it is the work entitled 'Une Calme' exhibited in the Salon of 1767 when in the Cabinet of Count Creutz, and thus the missing picture from the six De Loutherbourgs of the same dimensions exhibited as no. 124. It is therefore the pendant to the Shipwreck ('Une Tempête') in the National Museum, Stockholm.1
Count Creutz sold or gave this picture and the preceding lot to Gustaf Adolf Sparre, either when the latter visited him in Paris in 1780, or following his return to Sweden in 1783.
1. Inv. NM 849; see P. Grate, French Paintings II Eighteenth Century (Catalogue of the National Museum Stockholm), Stockholm 1994, pp. 195-6, no. 175, reproduced.
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