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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Thomas Couture, French (Senlis (Oise) 1815 - 1879 Villiers-le-Bel)
Paul Barroilhet (1810-1871)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Portrait of M. Paul Barroilhet / L'Acteur Barroilhet
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
100 x 81.9 cm (39 3/8 x 32 1/4 in.)
framed: 125.2 x 106.5 cm (49 5/16 x 41 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.r.: T. C.
M. Renou (by 1880). Jean-Baptiste Faure, Paris. [Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York (by 1928-1941), sold, March 10, 1941]; to Martin Birnbaum for Grenville L. Winthrop (1941-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.

Winthrop paid $2800
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Roger Ballu, Catalogue des oeuvres de Th. Couture exposées au Palais de l'Industrie, exh. cat. (Paris, France, 1880), no. 67

[Reproduction only], The International Studio, (July 1928)., repr. in color on cover

Catalogue of the Exhibition of Nineteenth Century French Art, exh. cat., Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York, 1932), no. 12

René Huyghe, "L'exposition d'art français à San Francisco", L'Art Vivant (September 1934), p. 362, p. 362

Exhibition of French Painting from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day, exh. cat., California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco, 1934), no. 85

Exhibition of French Masters from Courbet to Seurat, exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann & Co. (New York, 1937), cat. no. 4

Chinese Sculpture, Bronzes, Jades, Paintings and Drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art; selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1943), p. 7

Paul L. Grigaut, "A Thomas Couture Portrait", Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor, MI, 1966 -1967), vol. II, no. 1/2, repr. fig. 3, p. 25

Doriece Colle, Collars, Stocks, Cravats: A History and Costume Dating Guide to civilian men's neckpieces, 1655-1900., Rodale Press, Inc. (Emmaus, PA, 1972), repr. p. 165

Albert Boime, Thomas Couture and the Eclectic Vision, brochure, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1980), repr. b/w, X4, p. 403

Henry B. Adams, "William Morris Hunt's 'Chef d'oeuvre Inconnu'", Proceedings of the New York State Capitol Symposium, Temporary State Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol (Albany, NY, 1983), p. 98; repr. fig. 74

Helen Barbara Weinberg, "Cosmopolitan Attitudes: The Coming of Age of American Art", Paris 1889: American Artists at the Universal Exposition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arst/H. N. Abrams (Philadelphia, PA/New York NY, 1989), p. 37, repr. in b/w fig. 10, p. 36

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 103; repr. as no. 285

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, 2002), p. 31, repr. as fig. 24

Bénédicte Pradié, "Pour une redécouverte de l'oeuvre de Thomas Couture portraitiste: à propos de la récente acquisition du portrait de 'La Baronne d'Astier de la Vigerie' par le musée d'Art et d'Archéologie de Senlis", Revue du Louvre : la revue des musées de France (April 2003), no. 2, pp. 62-68, p. 64, repr. in b/w as fig. 2

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), repr. in b/w p. 37, as fig. 39

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), repr. in b/w p. 43, as fig. 38

Thomas Couture 1815-1879: Portraits d'une Epoch, Somogy Éditions d'Art (Paris, France, 2003), p. 8, repr. as fig. 1

Exhibition History

Exposition des Oeuvres de Thomas Couture, Palais de l'Industrie, Paris, 01/01/1880 - 12/31/1880

Nineteenth Century French Art, Albright Art Gallery, 11/01/1932 - 11/30/1932

Exhibition of French Painting from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 06/08/1934 - 07/08/1934

Exhibition of French Masters from Courbet to Seurat, Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, 03/22/1937 - 04/17/1937

Chinese sculpture, bronzes, jades, paintings and drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art : selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/01/1943 - 02/28/1944

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

France and the Portrait, 1799-1870, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/03/1994 - 01/29/2002

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