Open Content Program
The Birmingham Museum of art makes available digital images of works in the Museum’s collection believed to be in the public domain. Images are available free of charge for any use, commercial or non-commercial. Users do not need to contact the Museum for authorization to use these images. They are available through the Online Collection at artsbma.org. See detailed instructions for specific work types below.
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- Titles Les Baigneuses (Female Bathers in a Landscape) (Proper)
- Artist Jean-Baptiste Pater, French, 1695 - 1736
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 51 1/4 x 38 1/4 in. (130.2 x 97.2 cm) frame: 62 × 49 1/8 × 3 7/8 in. (157.5 × 124.8 × 9.8 cm)
- Credit Line Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection, 1991.248
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Provenance Comte d'Elva. Ferdinand Bischoffsheim (1837-1909); probably inherited by his granddaughter, Marie-Laure Bischoffsheim (1902-1970), Paris; probably inherited by her husband Charles de Noailles, Comte de Noailles (1891-1981), Paris [see note 1]; auctioned at Objets d'Art et d'Ameublement… Dépendant de l’ancienne Collection de M. F. B…. Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 21, 1926, lot 29 [see note 2]. Dealer Wildenstein and Company, New York, by December 1926 [see note 4]; purchased by Eugenia Woodward Hitt (1905-1990), New York, January 10, 1967; gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1991
1. According to Florence Ingersoll-Smouse. Pater: Biographie et Catalogue Critique. Paris: Les Beaux-Arts, 1921. No. 327: “Collection du comte d'Elva. Ferdinand Bischoffsheim. Collection du comte de Noailles.”
2. The record for a copy of the auction catalogue housed at the Institut National d'Histoire de l’Art identifies “M. F. B..” as “Ferdinand Biokoffshem,” a misspelling of Ferdinand Bischoffsheim. Marie-Laure Bischoffsheim or Charles de Noailles likely sold the collection under Marie-Laure’s grandfather’s name.
3. Felix Wildenstein is listed as the owner of 1991.248 in the exhibition catalogue for The Fourth Loan Exhibition Old Masters: French Painting of the Eighteenth Century. Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, December 2, 1926 - December 20, 1926, no. 44. Felix Wildenstein was president of the New York branch of Wildenstein & Company and could have kept 1991.248 in his personal collection, but this is unlikely as Wildenstein & Co. is listed as the lender of 1991.248 at later exhibitions in 1935 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 1946 at the Brooklyn Institute of Art and Sciences, 1951 and 1953 at Wildenstein in London, 1954 at the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, 1954 at the Carnegie Institute Department of Fine Arts, 1958 at the Munich Residenz, 1959 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and 1964 at the Nationalmuseum (Stockholm). Wildenstein and Company, New York, is also listed as the owner of 1991.248 in Florence Ingersoll-Smouse. Pater: Biographie et Catalogue Critique. Paris: Les Beaux-Arts, 1928. No. 327.