Sale, New York, 9 October 1974, titled Jeune Marocaine ; Purchased at the above by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent
New York, Hammer Galleries, The Goddess and the Slave. Women in Nineteenth Century Art, June-July 1977, titled Rebecca, illustrated on the cover
Son of painter Hippolyte Lecomte and nephew of Horace Vernet, Emile Lecomte-Vernet studied with his uncle and with Léon Cogniet. He traveled to Algeria, Morocco and Egypt. From 1843, he regularly exhibits at the Paris Salon orientalist subjects among others.
A print after this composition was edited by "Gravure Goupil et Cie".
- painting was relined
- slightly worn in some areas which have been very lightly covered up
- under UV light :
* retouch by the frame : in the sky by the left and on the upper area, in the lower right and left corners ; one vertical retouch on the lower border (restored tear) on approx. 5 cm
* small retouche on the model's lip
* small retouch on a pearl on the necklace
* scattered retouches on the belt, costume and one more important retouch by the right hip
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