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The Fletcher Mansion, New York City

Artist:
Jean-François Raffaëlli (French, Paris 1850–1924 Paris)
Date:
1899
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
23 3/4 x 32 in. (60.3 x 81.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number:
17.120.228
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): JFRAFFAELLI
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until his d. 1917)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mr. & Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection," March 4–?, 1918, no catalogue.

Clearwater. Florida Artist Group, Inc. December 1, 1950–March 31, 1951, no catalogue?

Museum of the City of New York. "The Artist in New York," April 17–September 1, 1958, unnum. checklist (as "Isaac D. Fletcher House, 2 East 79th Street").

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "La Belle Époque," December 6, 1982–September 4, 1983, unnum. checklist.

Washington. The Octagon Museum. "The Grand American Avenue: 1850–1920," April 15–July 10, 1994, no. 27.

"The Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 13 (March 1918), p. 60.

Elisabeth Luther Cary. "Two French Painters in Their Less Familiar Guise." New York Times (July 30, 1933), p. 118.

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. 218, ill., note that it depicts Isaac D. Fletcher's private residence at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 79th Street, built in the French Renaissance style of the Loire valley; state that it must have been painted in 1895 or 1899 during one of the two visits the artist made to the United States to serve on the jury of the Carnegie International exhibition in Pittsburgh [see Christopher Gray, "Limestone Remnant of Fifth Avenue's Chateau Days," New York Times, November 3, 1996, p. R5, who states that the house was commissioned in 1897 and completed in 1898; Gray, in "A Designer of Lacy Mansions for the City's Eminent," New York Times, February 9, 2003, p. RE7, later gives the completion date of 1899].

Barbara Schinman Fields. "Jean-François Raffaelli (1850–1924): The Naturalist Artist." PhD diss., Columbia University, 1979, p. 331, dates it 1899.

Jan Cigliano and Linnea Hamer. The Grand American Avenue: 1850–1920. Exh. brochure, Washington The Octagon Museum. 1994, p. 9, no. 27, states that Raffaëlli visited the Fletcher mansion in 1895 and 1899 [see Ref. Sterling and Salinger 1966]; notes that the architect C. P. H. Gilbert designed the mansion.

Mosette Broderick in The Grand American Avenue: 1850–1920. Ed. Jan Cigliano and Sarah Bradford Landau. Exh. cat., Washington The Octagon Museum. San Francisco, 1994, p. 20, fig. 20.



This painting depicts Isaac D. Fletcher's private residence at the southeast corner of 79th Street and Fifth Avenue. The mansion was designed by C. P. H. Gilbert and completed in 1899.
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