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    Sale 7744

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Day Sale

    8 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 211

    Sébastien Bourdon (Montpellier 1616-1671 Paris)

    The Philistines Stricken after Looking into the Ark of the Covenant

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    Sébastien Bourdon (Montpellier 1616-1671 Paris)
    The Philistines Stricken after Looking into the Ark of the Covenant
    oil on canvas
    58 x 79 in. (147.5 x 200 cm.)


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    The subject is taken from I Samual: V-VI. The composition derives from Poussin's interpretation of the subject, La Peste d'Asdod (Paris, Musée du Louvre), a work executed in Rome circa 1630 and brought to France some thirty years later for the Duc de Richelieu, who subsequently ceded it to Louis XIV. As noted by Geraldine Fowle (op. cit., pp. 40-1), Bourdon made use of Jean Baron's engraving in reverse of Poussin's composition. This painting can be dated stylistically to circa 1660.

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    Provenance

    Achille III de Harlay, Comte de Beaumont and Seigneur de Grosbois (1629-1712), Premier Président du Parlement de Paris, Paris.
    Le Doux collection, and by descent to M. le Doux; sale, F.C. Joullain fils, Paris, 24 April 1775, lot 43.
    Private collection; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 12 March 1943, lot 15, as 'La peste d'Antioche'.
    Private collection, Britain; Christie's, London, 23 July 1982, lot 159.


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    Literature

    A.G. Guillet de Saint-Georges, Mémoires inédits sur la vie et les ouvrages des membres de l'Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Paris, 1854, I, p. 95.
    C. Ponsonaihe, Sébastien Bourdon, sa vie et son oeuvre, Paris 1886, pp. 286 and 307 (author cites an untraceable 17th Century engraving of Bourdon's Peste d'Azoth by Etienne Baudet).
    G.E. Fowle, The Biblical Paintings of Sébastien Bourdon, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Michigan, 1970, I, pp. 101, 104-106; II, pp. 41-4, no. 12, fig. 46.
    D. Brême, 'Bourdon Sébastien', in Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon. Die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiter und Völker, XIII, Munich and Leipzig, 1996, p. 367.
    B. Peronnet and B.B. Fredericksen, eds., Répertoire des tableaux vendus en France au XIXe siècle, I (1801-10), part I, Los Angeles, 1998, p. 199.


    Exhibited

    Montepellier, Le Musée Fabre; Strasbourg, Galerie de L'Ancienne Douane, Sébastien Bourdon. 1616-1671, 7 July 2000-4 February 2001, no. 300.