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X. Head of an Actor

Entered October 2017

Fig 1

Cambridge, Harvard University, Fogg Museum, inv. 1939.107.

Oil on canvas

Diameter 20.3 cm

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Commedia dell’Arte Actor

Head of an Actor, Preville(?) of the Comédie française

 

PROVENANCE

New York, collection of Grenville L. Winthrop (1846-1943; lawyer); donated to the Fogg Museum in 1939.

  

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bowron, European Paintings (1990), cat. 227.

         
REMARKS

Although classified as “in the style of Jean-Antoine Watteau,” the painting has little to do with the manner of Watteau or his followers. All that it shares with that artist is the subject matter, namely the world of the comedic theater.