About This Artwork

Jean Baptiste Lemoyne
French, 1704—1778

Model for a Statue of Louis XV, 1746/48

Terracotta
72 x 41.7 x 40.6 cm (28 1/4 x 16 3/8 x 16 in.)

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment, 1974.15

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Selected Works of 18th Century Art," 24 January - 28 March ,1976, cat. 131.

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "European Portraits, 1600-1900," 8 July - 11 September, 1978, cat. 39.

Publication History

Charles Maumené and Louis d’Harcourt, "Icongraphie des Rois de France," Archives de l’Art Francais 16 (Paris, 1932), p. 442, no. 423.

Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts, L'ouvre du mois. Lemoyne: Louis XV, project de statue pour l’Hôtel de Ville de Rennes (Rennes, 1981), p. 4, fig. 3.

Ian Wardropper, "Adam to Clodion: Four French Terracotta Sculptures," Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 11, 1 (1984), pp. 29-33, 36-37, figs. 10, 11.

Paris, Musée du Louvre, Nouvelles acquisitions du départment des Sculptures, 1988-1991 (Paris, 1992), under no. 22, pp. 76-78,, fig. 22c.

Ownership History

Created as one of four modellos for a planned monument of Louis XV at the Hôtel de Ville, Rennes, 1746/48; estate of the artist [according to letter from Heim Gallery in curatorial file]. Collection of Jules Strauss, Paris, by 1932 [see Maumené and d’Harcourt 1932]; sold, his estate sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, May 27, 1949, lot 86. Comtesse de Rochefort, Paris [according to letter from A.S. Ciechanowiecki to John Keefe, October 10, 1975, in curatorial file]. Private Collection, London [according to sources cited above]. Etablissement Rustique, Vaduz, Liechtenstein [according to Stock Book, 1970-85, Heim Gallery Records, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, copy in curatorial file]; Heim Gallery, London, by 1974; sold to the Art Institute, 1974.




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