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Marie-Geneviève Favart née Bellot
FRANCO-COLOMBUS FENWICK 'S PORTRAIT 
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 EUR
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Marie-Geneviève Favart née Bellot
FRANCO-COLOMBUS FENWICK 'S PORTRAIT 
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 EUR
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Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Marie-Geneviève Favart née Bellot
PARIS 1756 - 1833 PARIS
FRANCO-COLOMBUS FENWICK 'S PORTRAIT 
Monogrammed on the left in the center of the tree EF
Bears an inscription in ink on the stretcher Franco Colombus / Fenwick né le 22 / Novembre année 1793 / Peint par Favart. 
Oil on canvas 
177 x 130 cm ; 69 3/4  by 51 1/4  in.
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Provenance

Fenwick's heirs; 
By whom sold to the present owners. 

Catalogue Note

Joseph Fenwick (1762-1849) was Franco-Colombus' father. He came from a Catholic family in Maryland. He settled in Bordeaux in 1787 where he made a fortune as a wine merchant, before becoming the first consul of the United States. He was appointed to this position by George Washington in 1790, which he held until 1801 in Bordeaux, where the hôtel Fenwick (the first United States consulate ever created) remains today. In 1792, he married a French, Catherine Eléonore Ménoire, and their only son Franco-Columbus, born in 1793, also became a consul for the United States in Nantes.

Here, Franco-Columbus is represented aged about ten, after finishing a game of "quille de neuf". The attribution to Favart rests more upon the inscription on the back and on the old plate on the frame than on the monogram EF carved on the tree (the E could refer to another first name or surname of the artist).

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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