French Sculpture Census

photo credit : The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
artist © : public domain | public domain

after
ALLEGRAIN, Christophe Gabriel
Paris 1710 - Paris 1795

formerly attributed to
BOIZOT, Louis-Simon
Paris 1743 - Paris 1809

La Baigneuse ou Vénus au bain
The Bather or Venus in the bath

c. 1875-1925, after a model c. 1767
marble

statuette
29 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 9 7/8

Acc. No. : 78.20.55
Credit Line : The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Adele S. Browning Memorial Collection, gift of Mildred Browning Green and Honorable Lucius Peyton Green

San Marino, California, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

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Provenance

  • New York, Rosenberg and Stiebel
  • 1956, bought by Mildred Browning Green and the Honorable Lucius Peyton Green of Los Angeles
  • 1978, their bequest to the Huntington

Bibliography

  • 2008 Bennett and Sargentson
    French Art of the Eighteenth Century at The Huntington, Edited by Shelley M. Bennett and Carolyn Sargentson, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2008, p. 454, cat. 161, entry by Carolyn Miner

Related Works

Original commissioned by the Marquis de Marigny to Allegrain in 1751.
Reduced plaster sketch exhibited by Allegrain in the Salon of 1757.
Marble exhibited by Allegran in the Salon of 1767.
Barbedienne and Susse Frères foundries and the cast workshop of the Musée du Louvre were producing signed versions of the sculpture by the end of the nineteenth century.
This version is likely one of the innumerable later versions.