London, South Kensington
27 October 1999
After Nicolas Poussin
A classical river landscape with nymphs resting by a pool
oil on canvas
50 x 75.3/8 in. (128.3 x 191.4 cm.)
(Possibly) Sir Joshua Reynolds R.A.; (+) Christie's, London, 14 March 1795 (=2nd day), lot 17, as 'G. Poussin' (12 gns. to Green).
Admiral Lord Radstock; (+) Christie's, London, 12 May 1826, lot 56 as 'N. Poussin' (285 gns. to Lord Ailsbury).
The Marquess of Ailsbury.
Major A. Bruce-Blinney, Pewsey, Wiltshire; Christie's, London, 26 November 1965, lot 113 as 'Poussin' (294 gns.)
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J. Smith, A catalogue Raisonn, etc., VIII, London, 1837, p.166, no.328.
A. Blunt, Nicolas Poussin, A Critical Catalogue, London, 1966, p.143, under no.208, as a copy.
The original, probably painted for Charles Lebrun in 1659, is in the Muse Cond, Chantilly. A snake to the left of the reclining nymphs is visible in the original; it was probably removed from the present picture in cleaning.
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