Alexandre-Louis Leloir (French, Paris 1843–1884 Paris)
Oil on canvas
12 1/4 x 18 3/8 in. (31.1 x 46.7 cm)
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Louis Leloir 72.
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, New York (1872–d. 1887; bought from the artist)
Cincinnati. Taft Museum. "Cavaliers and Cardinals: Nineteenth-Century French Anecdotal Paintings," June 25–August 16, 1992, no. 14 (as "Choosing the Dinner" or "The Cook's Bargain").
Washington. Corcoran Gallery of Art. "Cavaliers and Cardinals: Nineteenth-Century French Anecdotal Paintings," September 19–November 15, 1992, no. 14.
Elmira, N.Y. Arnot Art Museum. "Cavaliers and Cardinals: Nineteenth-Century French Anecdotal Paintings," November 21, 1992–January 17, 1993, no. 14.
New York. Dahesh Museum. "The Dahesh Salon: Art, Patronage and Presentation in America," September 16–November 29, 1997, not in catalogue.
Edward Strahan [Earl Shinn], ed. The Art Treasures of America. Philadelphia, , vol. 1, p. 134, as "The Cook's Bargain".
John Denison Champlin Jr. and Charles C. Perkins, ed. Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings. New York, 1892, vol. 3, p. 57, as "Cook's Bargain" in the collection of C. L. Wolfe.
"The Metropolitan Museum of Art—The French Painters." New York Times (May 22, 1895), p. 4.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, p. 199, ill., note that Wolfe bought this picture from the artist the year it was painted.
Eric M. Zafran. Cavaliers and Cardinals: Nineteenth-Century French Anecdotal Paintings. Exh. cat., Taft Museum. Cincinnati, 1992, pp. 25, 58–59, no. 14, ill.