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The Christian Martyr

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Description Two Romans watch as a girl who has refused to sacrifice to pagan deities is martyred by drowning. This copy of Delaroche's "Christian Martyr Drowned in the Tiber during the Reign of Diocletian" (1853, now in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia) was begun by Delaroche but completed by Jalabert, his most devoted pupil. Such collaboration of student with master was a common practice during the 19th century. This painting is listed in the Goupil stock book for 1868 (number 3271) for 3000 francs, and was sold to Knoedler, New York City, in June of that year. It is likely that William T. Walters aquired this from Knoedler in new York, but more research is needed.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/1972Examinationexamined for condition
7/10/1972Treatmentcoated; filled; inpainted; lined; varnish removed or reduced
2/19/1982Loan Considerationexamined for loan
3/01/1982Loan Considerationexamined for loan
11/04/1982Examinationexamined for loan
  • Nineteenth Century French Salon Paintings from Southern Collections. High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1983.
Provenance Goupil et Cie, Paris, 1868; Knoedler, New York, 1868, by purchase. William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1884 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] In pencil at top left: Esquisse Delaroche; [Signature] In pencil at top right: finit par Jalabert; [Signature] In paint at bottom left: D'apres P. Delaroche Ch. Jalabert [Marks] Stretcher: cross bears stencil GOUPIL & cie / Rue CHAPTAL, Paris, and 3217 inscribed in ink
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1884

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oil on canvas
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H: 22 1/16 x W: 18 1/2 in. (56 x 47 cm); Framed H: 34 3/4 × W: 31 1/4 × D: 5 in. (88.27 × 79.38 × 12.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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