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Title Portrait of a Girl with a Rose
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Duneuf-Germain, Mlle (French painter, active 18th century)
Date 1772 (dated)
Signed yes
Description This charming portrait of an unknown young girl has been described as being in the style of Drouais. However little is known of Mlle Duneuf-Germain, who was a painter of portraits in the eighteenth century, and may possibly have been a pupil of Drouais. The rose held by the girl can be a symbol of love, and, more strongly still, of the offerings made by a love which is pure.
Current Accession Number B.M.270
Former Accession Number No. 1; No. 701
Inscription front lc 'Mlle. Duneuf germain 1772'
Subject portrait
Measurements 45.5 x 37 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Bought from, or through, Gogué by Bowes, 6 March 1861, 110 francs.Benjamin Gogué, Rue Childebert, Paris.
Notes This was listed either as no. 1 in John Bowes' catalogue, under the title 'Portrait of a Young Lady, holding a Flower in her hand, signed Mlle Duneuf Germain, eighteenth century', or as no. 701 in the same catalogue, as 'Portrait of a young Lady, signed Mlle Duneuf Germain, eighteenth century'. This is an oval painting on a canvas measuring 45.7 x 36.8 cm. The dimensions of the oval area are as follows: 45 x 36.2 cm.

Pierre Rosenberg suggested during a visit to the Bowes Museum that this painting was very Drouais-ish. Perhaps Duneuf-Germain was a pupil of his. See for instance 'Marie-Joséphine de Savoie, Comtesse de Provence (1753-1810)', by an anonym but after François-Hubert Drouais, Versailles, Musée du Château, MV 7427, INV 4136.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie

 

 

 

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