Jean-Léon Gérôme - Jeune Grec Painting

JEAN-LÉON GÉRÔME
French, 1824–1904

Jeune Grec

Signed and dated J.L. GEROME/ 1857.
Oil on panel
8¼ x 6 inches (21 x 15 cm)
Framed: 19 x 16 inches (48.2 x 40.6 cm)

We are grateful to Dr. Emily M. Weeks for her examination and authentication of this work.  It will be included in her forthcoming revision of Gerald M. Ackerman's Gérôme catalogue raisonné.

Provenance
Abraham Willet, Amsterdam (sale, Boussaton, Paris, December 10, 1858, lot 20, as Jeune Grec, sold for 1,120 francs;
Willet’s wax seal is on the reverse of the present panel)
Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, by 1883
M. Knoedler & Co., New York, June 6, 1883, acquired from the above for 6,000 francs, as Soldat turc (Knoedler stock no. 4487 label is attached to the reverse of the present panel)
James Warham Whitney (1845-1907), Rochester, New York, January 7, 1884, acquired from the above for $1,700
Sale, Sotheby’s, London, January 22, 1964, lot 172
Jerdine, acquired at the above sale
James Coats, New York (sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, February 12, 1970, lot 89, illustrated, sold for $4,250, as A North African Soldier)
Galt Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1970, acquired at the above sale
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California, by 1990

Literature
L’Artiste, Paris, 1858, vol. 5, p. 256
Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, London, 1986, pp. 202-3, no. 81, illustrated, as Jeune Grec, listed (incorrectly) as a copy of the ‘lost’ Willet picture
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Paris, 2000, pp. 236-7, no. 81, illustrated, as Jeune Grec, listed (incorrectly) as a copy of the ‘lost’ Willet picture
Benezit, Dictionary of Artists, Paris, 2006, vol. 6, p. 78, for listing of the 1970 Parke-Bernet sale

  Willet wax seal & Knoedler Gallery label on reverse

 Willet wax seal & Knoedler Gallery label on reverse