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The Bather

Artist:
By or after Jean Antoine Houdon (French, Versailles 1741–1828 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1780 or 19th–early 20th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
8 1/8 × 6 1/4 in. (20.6 × 15.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.159
Not on view
The original composition of Houdon's fountain at the Parc Monceau is believed to be preserved in this patinated terracotta sketch. It fails, however, to capture the striking impact of the lost group in which the lead figure of the black servant stood in vivid contrast to the white marble of the basin and the seated bather herself.
possibly Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford , Bagatelle, Paris ; possibly Sir Richard Wallace , Bagatelle, Paris ; possibly Sir John Edward Murray Scott, Bt. , Bagatelle, Paris ; Benjamin Altman , New York ; Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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