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Constant Troyon (Sèvres 1810-1865 Paris)
Constant Troyon (Sèvres 1810-1865 Paris)

Unloading the ferry, sunset

Constant Troyon (Sèvres 1810-1865 Paris)
Unloading the ferry, sunset
signed 'C. Troyon.' and stamped with artist's estate stamp (lower left)
oil on canvas
37 x 51½ in. (94 x 130.8 cm.)
Studio of the artist; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 28 January-1 February, 1866, lot 77.
with Goupil, Paris, 1866.
Charles Waring, London; Christie's, London, 28 April 1888, lot 2.
N.B. Denison, London; Christie's, London, 13 May 1927, lot 117.
with Barbizon House, London, 1927.
Anonymous sale; American Art Association, New York, 27 April 1933, lot 14.
A. Hustin, Constant Troyon, Paris, 1893, p. 58.
L. Soullie, Peintures, pastels, aquarelles, dessins de Constant Troyon relevés dans les catalogues de ventes de 1833 à 1900, Paris, 1900, p. 146.
D. Croal Thomson, Barbizon House: An Illustrated Record, London, 1927, no. 7.
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The property title for this lot should read: "Property from the Estate of J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller"

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Lot Essay

Painted in the mid-1850s, as Constant Troyon worked regularly among the rich farmlands and broad river estuaries of coastal Normandy, Unloading the Ferry, Sunset brings together Troyon's exceptional skill as a painter of animals with his equally distinctive command of broad landscape vistas and striking light effects. Since an 1847 trip to Holland, Troyon had taken great interest in seventeenth-century Dutch animal and landscape painting, and his many pictures of ferrymen and their barges are an homage to van Goyen and Cuyp as well as a celebration of more modern nineteenth-century landscape strategies. A second version of Unloading the Ferry, Sunset, with variations in the arrangement of the cows and without the passeur's (ferryman's) signal post at the right, belongs to the Louvre, Paris (R.F. 1962-23).
We are grateful to Alexandra Murphy for preparing this catalogue entry.

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