Attributed to FRANÇOIS-PASCAL-SIMON, BARON GÉRARD (Rome 1770-1837 Paris)
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Attributed to FRANÇOIS-PASCAL-SIMON, BARON GÉRARD (Rome 1770-1837 Paris)

Portrait of a Lady, half-length, in a silver dress and with flowers in her hair, a landscape beyond, in a painted oval

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Attributed to FRANÇOIS-PASCAL-SIMON, BARON GÉRARD (Rome 1770-1837 Paris)
Portrait of a Lady, half-length, in a silver dress and with flowers in her hair, a landscape beyond, in a painted oval
oil on unlined canvas
25¾ x 213/8 in. (65.5 x 54.3 cm.)
Provenance
Sale, Palais Galeria, Paris, 7 December 1976, lot 21, as Baron Gérard.
Anon. Sale, Sotheby's, Monaco, 17 June 1988, lot 914, as Baron Gérard, 'portrait présumé de la Reine Hortense'.
with Richard Herner, London.
Private collection, Houston, Texas.

Lot Essay

When this portrait appeared at auction in 1988 it was identified as a work by Baron François Gérard, and the attribution was endorsed by Alain Latreille, who stated his intention to include it in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Gérard's works. The auctioneers tentatively considered the sitter to be Queen Hortense.

M. Latreille no longer accepts the painting as a work by Gérard. In the absence of documentary or archival evidence which would secure the attribution to Gérard, M. Latreille now believes the portrait to be 'a very fine work' from an artist in Gérard's atelier or immediate circle (verbal communication); he tentatively suggests the artist Marie-Elénore Godefroy (1778-1849) as a possible alternative candidate for its authorship. For another portrait by Godefroy, see Christie's, New York, 26 May 2000, lot 64.

Our thanks to Alain Latreille for his assistance in preparing this entry.
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