Provenance Research

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875)
Portrait of Captain Faulte du Puyparlier, 1829
Oil on canvas
25 9/16 x 21 3/16 in. (64.9 x 53.8 cm)
Gift of Emilie L. Heine in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Hauck, 1956.227

Signed and dated lower right: "Corot 1829"

Captain Faulte du Puyparlier shown in uniform, wearing the cross of the Legion of Honor.

Alternate Titles:
Le Capitaine Faulte du Puyparlier


After 1829-probably 1855:   Captain Faulte du Puyparlier [1792-1855]
    Ferdinand Osmond, Paris, descended or given to
By 1874:   Pierre Osmond, Paris [1]
    Collection Bessonneau, Angers
    Collection Frappier [2]
By at least 1929-at least 1930:   Chester Dale [1883-1962], New York [3]
April 1932:   (Possibly Knoedler & Co., New York [4])
Before July 2, 1938-at least March 29, 1947:   (Paul Rosenberg & Co. Paris, London, and New York, probably sold to [5])
By at least October 1952-1956:   Otto and Eloise Spaeth, New York, sold to [6]
1956-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] Brothers Ferdinand and Pierre Osmond were friends of both Puyparlier and Corot. Alfred Robaut made a drawing of the painting at the home of Pierre Osmond in 1874. Robaut, L'oeuvre de Corot, Paris: H. Floury, 1905, no. 206.

[2] Frappier is only included in the painting's provenance in a few early sources: Maud Dale, Before Manet to Modigliani from the Chester Dale Collection, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929, no. 5; and Stedelijk Museum, Honderd Jaar Fransche Kunst, exh. cat., summer 1938, no. 40.

[3] Published by Maud Dale in 1929, see footnote 2. Loaned from the Chester Dale collection, New York, to the Museum of Modern Art, Corot Daumier, October 16 to November 23, 1930, no. 8.

[4] In April 1932, Knoedler & Co. included Portrait of Captain Faulte du Puyparlier in an exhibition of military and naval portraits. It is unclear whether the painting was loaned to the gallery for the exhibition or whether they owned it outright. See Art Digest, April 15, 1932, p. 14; and Art News, April 23, 1928, p. 1 and 7.

[5] Loaned from Paul Rosenberg, Paris, to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, for the exhibition Honderd Jaar Fransche Kunst, July 2 to September 25, 1938, no. 40. Rosenberg requested in a letter of September 27, 1938, to the Stedelijk Museum that the paintings he loaned remain at the museum until they could be safely transported to his London office, Rosenberg & Helft. The Stedelijk Museum sent a list of the works they held for Rosenberg to the London office on September 28, which included Portrait of Captain Puyparlier. On October 12 the London office requested that the paintings be sent from Amsterdam to London. A letter of November 9 acknowledges the arrival of Portrait of Captain Puyparlier and other works in London. It is unknown when the painting arrived in New York, but Rosenberg, who came to New York in September 1940 and opened a gallery there in 1941, loaned the portrait to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, May 11 to June 16, 1946, no. 8. He also included the painting in an exhibition at his New York gallery, Paintings by Corot, March 10 to March 29, 1947, no. 1. See CAM curatorial file for correspondence, February 13, 2002, and photocopies of correspondence between the Stedelijk Museum, Paul Rosenberg, and Rosenberg and Helft.

[6] Otto and Eloise Spaeth acquired the painting before October 1952. It was included in an exhibition of the Spaeth collection held at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY, October 1952, no. 7.

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