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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Rodolphe Bresdin, French (La Fresne, France 1822 - 1885 Sèvres, France)
"Baigneuses au Ruisseau" (Study for the etching Bathers in the Mountains)
Work Type
19th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black ink on tracing paper, darkened and mounted to laid paper
actual: 13.2 x 14.3 cm (5 3/16 x 5 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r., black ink: Bresdin
  • blind stamp: l.r. corner of drawing and mount: RB [monogram] [not in Lugt]
  • stamp: lower right of mount, blue ink, stamped: J. Fred. B.
  • inscription: lower edge of mount, graphite, inscribed: Bresdin / afgebeeld in MBKb / 1929 / Baigneuses au Ruisseau
  • inscription: mat, l.r. of sheet, red ink, inscribed: T. 21
  • inscription: l.r. of mount, graphite, inscribed: Baigneuses au [partially erased]
Rodolphe Bresdin. estate stamp (not in Lugt)
Paul Bresdin. artist's son
D. G. Santee Landweer, Amsterdam, 1930. Provenance uncertain
J. Fred Bianchi, Amsterdam. Sale: Amsterdam, 23-27 November 1964, lot 848
Adolph Schwarz, Amsterdam-Amstelveen.
Robert M. Light and Co., Santa Barbara, CA.
Vermeer Associates Limited, Brampton, Ontario, purchased from R.M. Light & Co., 1991, sold to HUAM, 1993. Long term loan to HUAM from June 1991 to 1993
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Purchase Fund and Richard Norton Memorial Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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There is a more finished drawing of the same subject at the Art Institute of Chicago, Baigneuses dans la Montagne.
Publication History

D. G. Santee Landweer, "Bij een aantal teekeningen van Rodolphe Bresdin", Maandblad voor beeldende kunsten, J.H. de Bussy (Amsterdam, 1929), vol. 6, no. 12, pp. 363-372, p. 370, repr. fig. 11

J. W. Niemeijer, De Verzameling van A. Schwarz, exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1968), p. 11, cat. no. 21, repr. fig. 26

Dirk van Gelder, Rodolphe Bresdin, Martinus Nijhoff (La Haye, 1976), vol. 1, pp. 80-81, fig. 80; vol. 2, p. 86

Dirk van Gelder and John Sillevis, Rodolphe Bresdin: 1822-1885, exh. cat., Staatsuitgeverij ('s-Gravenhage, 1978), p. 169, cat. no. 154, repr.

Exhibition History

De Verzameling van A. Schwarz, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 09/01/1968 - 12/31/1968

Rodolphe Bresdin: 1822-1885, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 10/27/1978 - 01/14/1979

Collecting for Harvard: Works Acquired through the Generosity of Melvin R. Seiden, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/03/1993 - 08/15/1993

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