Lot 25: WILLIAM BOUGUEREAU | L'agneau nouveau-né (The Newborn Lamb)

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Description: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 65 by 34 5/8 in.
Medium: oil on canvas
Condition Report: The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work is in beautiful condition. The canvas retains a thin old lining, which is still nicely supporting the original canvas and paint layer. The painting is clean and retouched. No abrasion or weakness has developed, and the face, hands, lamb and ewe are all in beautiful condition. There are a few retouches in the darkest color of the skirt beneath the right hand of the figure. A few small cracks have been retouched in the figure's foot in the lower center and in the right edge of the skirt in the center of the painting. There are a few small spots of retouching in the upper right. Under ultraviolet light, one can clearly see remnants of old varnish clinging to the surface, but there is no reason why these should be removed. The work should be hung as is.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Literature: Edward Strahan, ed., The Art Treasures of America, Philadelphia, [1879-1882], facsimile edition, 1977, vol. I, pp. 43-45, 52, illustrated p. 45
George William Sheldon, Artistic Houses: Being a Series of Interior Views of a Number of the Most Beautiful and Celebrated Homes in the United States With A Description of the Art Treasures Contained Therein, New York, 1883, vol. 1, pt. 1, p. 9, illustrated  (shown hanging in the reception room of Cornelia M. Stewart)
Charles Vendryès, Dictionnaire illustré des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1885, p. 49
Franqueville, William Bouguereau, n. d., p. 151 
Marius Vachon,  W. Bouguereau, Paris, 1900, p. 151
Louise d'Argencourt and Mark Steven Walker, William Bouguereau, exh. cat., Musée du Petit-Palais, Paris; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal; The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, February 9, 1984-January 13, 1985, p. 108, illustrated p. 109, fig. 35
Arnold Lewis, James Turner and Steven McQuillin,  The Opulent Interiors of the Gilded Age, all 203 Photographs from "Artistic Houses," New York, 1987, pp. 35, 39, illustrated p. 34 and as cover (shown hanging in the reception room of Cornelia M. Stewart)
Mark Steven Walker, "William-Adolphe Bouguereau, A Summary Catalogue of the Paintings,"  William-Adolphe Bouguereau, L'Art Pompier, exh. cat., Borghi & Co., New York, 1991, p. 69
Fronia E. Wissman,  Bouguereau, San Francisco, 1996, p. 45-6, illustrated pl. 27 (as  The Shepherdess
Damien Bartoli and Frederick C. Ross,  William Bouguereau, his life and works, New York, 2010, p. 229, illustrated pl. 116; and in the revised 2014 edition, p. 229, illustrated pl. 116
Damien Bartoli and Frederick C. Ross,  William Bouguereau, Catalogue Raisonné of his Painted Work, New York, 2010, p. 150, no. 1873/06, illustrated; and in the revised 2014 edition, p. 150, no. 1873/06, illustrated
Provenance: Goupil & Cie, Paris, no. 8251 (acquired directly from the artist, July 1873) 
Alexander Turney Stewart, New York (acquired from the above, August 1873)
Cornelia M. Stewart , New York (widow of the above and sold, her estate, American Art Association, New York, March 23-25, 1887, lot 102)
Mrs. J.L. Smith (acquired at the above sale)
The Estate of Zenas Crane 
Mrs. William S. Ginn, née Judith Colt (by descent from the above)
Gifted from the above, 1964
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