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Ladies Bathing

Artist:
Claude Simpol (French, Clamecy 1666–1716 Paris)
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Bernard Picart (French, Paris 1673–1733 Amsterdam)
Date:
1717
Medium:
Pen and gray ink, brush and gray wash, heightened with white, over traces of graphite, contours incised.
Dimensions:
2 15/16 x 4 3/8 in. (7.5 x 11.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
63.167.5
Not on view
Inscription: In pen and brown ink at lower left: "B. Picart f. 1716."

Marking: Stamped in red ink at lower left corner of verso, collector's mark of John Postle Heseltine (Lugt 1508). Stamped in blue ink at lower left corner of verso, collector's mark of Sir Bruce S. Ingram (Lugt Supp. 1405a).
Jean Mariette (French, Saint Benoît 1660–1742 Paris), (possibly ?); Pierre Jean Mariette (French, Paris 1694–1774 Paris), (possibly ?); John Postle Heseltine Sale, Sotheby & Co., May 28, 1935, p. 90, lot 261: "B. Picard. Four drawings. La Coquette / Le Bain / Le Répas, Le Gouter / signed and dated 1716 / indian ink heightened with white / five drawings on two mounts".; Sir Bruce S. Ingram O.B.E., M.C. (British, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, 1877–1963), London; Mme. A. S. Prost, daughter of Sir Bruce Ingram; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections," February 3, 1999–April 25, 1999.

Bean and Turcic 1986.235 (as Bernard Picart)
Les peintres français du XVIII siècle: Histoire des vies et catalogue des oeuvres. Louis Dimier, vol. 1, Paris and Brussels, 1928, cat. no. 127, p. 385.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th-18th Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986, cat. no. 235, pp. 211-212, ill.

Perrin Stein, Mary Tavener Holmes Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1999, cat. no. 2a, pp. 3-5, ill.



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