Jacques-Laurent Agasse (Geneva 1767-1849 London) The Hard Word 61.2 x 51 cm. (24 x 20 in.)<BR />unframed

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Lot 56
Jacques-Laurent Agasse (Geneva 1767-1849 London) The Hard Word 61.2 x 51 cm. (24 x 20 in.)
unframed

£ 60,000 - 80,000US$ 76,000 - 100,000

Jacques-Laurent Agasse (Geneva 1767-1849 London) The Hard Word

Jacques-Laurent Agasse (Geneva 1767-1849 London)
oil on unlined canvas

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Given to Georgina Sarah Follett by Caroline Scott, November 1877 (according to an old inscription on the reverse of the stretcher)

    A drawing of the sitter, Lionel Booth, is in the Cabinet des Dessins, Musée d'Art et Histoire, Geneva.

    The prime version of this subject, signed in monogram, listed in Agasse's mss. Record Book, 'May. 1820 The hard word pt. of a child 24 x 20', was exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1821, No. 329 and according to C.F. Hardy in his manuscript, 'J.L. Agasse, his life and work', 1905, was probably purchased by Lord Rivers. The mss. Record Book lists a further five versions. Two of these are listed as small (26th September 1820); the third in November 1842 is described as 'Copy of the hard word, size 14 x 12'; while, of the other two, only one is listed as 24 x 20 inches: 'July 15. 1820 Copy of the Hard Word'. This would appear to be the present version. The final one is in all probability a duplicated entry.

    In 1800 Agasse arrived in London and initially stayed with the Swiss family of artists, the Chalons. From 1802 he lived in a number of lodgings until in 1810 he moved into the mews of No. 4 Newman Street, where he was to live for the next twenty-five years. His landlord, George Booth and his family were to become close friends. The children regarded Agasse as an uncle and became models in many of his genre paintings. Lionel, the eldest, born in 1814, seems to have been a particular favourite and remained loyal to the artist, purchasing several works at Agasse's posthumous sale at Christie's in July, 1850.
    We are grateful to David Fuller for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
Jacques-Laurent Agasse (Geneva 1767-1849 London) The Hard Word 61.2 x 51 cm. (24 x 20 in.)<BR />unframed
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