Property of a Lady
1798 - 1860
BREAKING WAVES, LE HAVRE
inscribed Le havre and dated 1831 (lower left)
oil on paper laid down on canvas
10 by 15½ in.
25.4 by 39.4 cm
Oil on paper laid down on canvas. The work presents well and appears bright. Repairs visible to the naked eye: there are webs of repair (approximately 5 inches long) at upper left and upper right that extend from the sky towards the horizon line; and a few much smaller repairs in the sky at center. Under UV: the aforementioned repairs fluoresce. There are additional scattered dots and dashes of retouching in the sky and in the lower half of the composition. Ready to hang in its current state.
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Probably, Sotheby's, Sussex, January 30, 1996, lot 175 (as one of a pair)
Kate de Rothschild, London
Acquired from the above in 1999