A Nymph at her Bath

Oil on canvas
Signed and Dated: "Carle Vanloo/ 1750"
18 1/2 x 14 15/16 inches, 47 x 38 cm
Essay: 

The picture is sketched by Gabriel Saint-Aubin in the Thélusson sale catalogue of 1777 with the following description: "A Nymph at her Bath. A painting made precious by its lightness of touch, silvery colouring and free draughtsmanship even without the name of the painter."

Provenance: 

Collection Thélusson;Sale Paris, 1st December 1777, nº 40 (1900 livres);Probably sale B..., Paris 10-14 April 1786, nº 35;With Galerie Heim 1978;Private collection Uzès, France

Literature: 

Probably Louis Guillaume Baillet de Saint-Julien: Lettres sur la peinture à un amateur, Genéve, 1750, p. 9;Probably: Remerciement à M. B.. auteur des lettres sur la peinture..1751 p. 5-6;Probably Michel-Francois Dandré-Bardo: Vie de Carle Vanloo, Paris 1765, p. 64;Art et Curiosité, July-Aug. 1978, p. 51, reproduced;Marie-Catrherine Sahut: Carle van Loo. Premier peintre du roi (Nice, 1705-Paris 1765);Exhibition catalogue Nice, Clermont-Ferrand, Nancy, 1977, p. 102, nº 265.

Exhibitions: 

Probably Paris Salon, 1750, nº 20 (as there are no dimensions mentioned in the exhibition list we cannot ascertain whether or not this is the picture that was exhibited).