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Early Morning

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Description A white cow drinking in the foreground is about to be joined by three other cows progressing at intervals toward the pool. They are tended by a girl leaning against a gatepost. The scene is drenched by early morning sunlight. Emile van Marcke de Lummen was born in Sèvres, France, the location of one of the most prominent porcelain factories. Van Marcke, and many members of his family, were employed there. Working here he was introduced to Troyon, one of the foremost porcelain painters, who served as a large influence on van Marcke's area of interest - cows and other animals.
Date Description Narrative
10/29/1937Treatmentsurface cleaned
7/20/1978Treatmentvarnish reduced; surface cleaned; coated
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Purchased by Goupil et Cie, Paris, May 3 1882 [1]; purchased by Knoedler & Co., New York, May 11 1882 [2]; purchased by William T. Walters, Baltimore, September 4 1882; by inheritance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest, Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Goupil et Cie Stockbook 10, Stock no. 16070, Page 213, Row 7 [2] Knoedler & Co. Stockbook 3, Stock no, 3967, Page 179, Row 30
Inscriptions [Signature] In black at lower right: Em. van Marcke
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, between 1878 and 1884

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mid 19th century
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 24 13/16 x W: 19 7/8 in. (63 x 50.5 cm); Framed H: 35 3/4 × W: 31 1/2 × D: 4 1/2 in. (90.81 × 80.01 × 11.43 cm)
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Not On View


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