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Michel-Honoré Bounieu

Bathsheba at her bath

Lot Closed

July 4, 10:44 AM GMT

Estimate

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

Michel-Honoré Bounieu

Marseille 1740–1814 Paris

Bathsheba at her bath


signed and dated lower left: Bounieu / 1779

oil on canvas

unframed: 162.2 x 129.7 cm.; 63⅞ x 51 in.

framed: 181.2 x 148.8 cm.; 71⅜ x 58⅝ in.

Purchased by Louis Philippe II, Duc de Chartres, later the Duc d’Orléans (1747–1793), Paris, 1779, for 6,000 livres;

By whom sold to Thomas Moore Slade (b. 1751), on behalf of William Morland (1739–1815), Thomas Hammersley (1747–1812) and George Kinnaird, 7th Lord Kinnaird (1754–1805), London, 1792;

Sir Fitzroy Maclean of Dunconnel, Bt, K.T., C.B.E. (1911–1996), United Kingdom;

By whose Executors sold, London, Christie’s, 16 December 1998, lot 148;

Where acquired by the present owner.

Examen du Sallon, de l’année 1779, Paris 1779, p. 57;

B.-F.-J. Mouffle d'Angerville, Note sur le tableau de Bethsabée par mr. bonnieu., Ms. 17 September 1779, pp. 65–67;

Anon., Fragment d'une lettre à un amateur de province, au sujet d'un tableau de m. bounieu, agréé de l'academie royale de peinture, representant bethsabée au bain, vue par David, Ms. 1779, pp. 222–24;

J.-C. Deloynes, Exposition de peintures, sculptures et gravures, année litteraire, Ms. 1779, pp. 69–71;

L. Petit de Bachaumont, Mémoires secrets pour servir à l'histoire de la republique des lettres en France: depuis MDCCLXII jusqu'à nos jours; ou, Journal d'un observateur, London 1780, vol. 13, pp. 248–51 (and subsequent eds);

The Orleans Gallery, now exhibiting at the Great Rooms, late the Royal Academy, no. 125, Pall Mall, exh. cat., London 1793, p. 22, no. 192;

The Orléans Gallery, now exhibiting at No. 16, Old Bond Street, exh. cat., London 1795, no. 7;

The plan and new descriptive catalogue of the European Museum, exh. cat., London 1800, no. 695;

The plan and new descriptive catalogue of the European Museum, exh. cat., London 1803, p. 27, no. 1015;

Biographie nouvelle des contemporains ou dictionnaire historique et raisonné, Paris 1821, vol. 3, p. 370 (and subsequent eds);

Biographie et galerie historique des contemporains, Paris 1822, vol. 2, p. 398;

J.F. Michaud and L.G. Michaud, Biographie universelle, ancienne et moderne, Paris 1843–65, vol. 5, p. 256, vol. 16, p. 58;

J.C.F. Hoefer (ed.), Nouvelle biographie générale depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'à nos jours, Paris 1853, vol. 7, p. 19 (and subsequent eds);

Revue universelle des arts, Paris and Brussels 1864, vol. 14, p. 227, vol. 19, p. 260, under no. 22;

R. Portalis and H. Beraldi, Les graveurs du dix-huitième siècle, Paris 1880–82, vol. I, pp. 234–35;

G. Duplessis, Catalogue de la collection de pièces sur les beaux-arts, Paris 1881, pp. 32, 98 and 204, nos 204 and 926;

M. Bryan, Dictionary of painters and engravers, biographical and critical, London 1886, p. 169;

M. Prevost and R. D’Amat, Dictionnaire de biographie française, Paris 1954, p. 1376;

H. Adhemar, 'Nature morte de Michel-Honoré Bounieu, autrefois attribuée à Chardin', in Bulletin du Laboratoire du Musée du Louvre, no. 1, June 1956, p. 65;

Z. Dana Andrus, 'Some implications for another reading of Henry Fuseli's The Nightmare', Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. CXXVI, December 1995, pp. 242–43;

C.B. Bailey, Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris, New Haven and London 2002, pp. 168, 277, n. 87, reproduced in colour on p. 169, pl. 152;

N. Aston, Art and Religion in Eighteenth-Century Europe, London 2008, p. 264;

C. Blumenfeld, Parfums d'interdit: L'audace sous le pinceau de Jean-Honoré Fragonnard, Marguerite Gérard et leurs pairs, exh. cat., Grasse 2018, pp. 24, 119, n. 50.


ENGRAVED


Édouard Gautier-Dagoty (1745–1783), mezzotint, printed in colour from six plates, 1780;

Guillaume Philippe Benoist (1725–1800), 1782.

On long-term display in Paris, Palais Royal, Galerie Royale des tableaux d’Orléans, c. 1780–c. 1790;

London, Royal Academy, The Orleans Gallery, now exhibiting at the Great Rooms, late the Royal Academy, no. 125, Pall Mall, April 1793, no. 192;

London, 16 Old Bond Street, The Orléans Gallery, now exhibiting at No. 16, Old Bond Street, May 1795, no. 7;

London, European Museum, January 1800, no. 695;

London, European Museum, March–June 1803, no. 1015.