César De Cock (Belgian, 1823-1904)
Signed and dated "César De Cock/1872" l.r., inscribed "R C Dixey..." in pencil on
the reverse, titled and inscribed "...by César De Cock/owned by Mrs. C. Tappan/Return to Doll & Richards/145 Tremont" on the frame reverse.
Oil on panel, 9 1/2 x 15 in. (24.1 x 38.1 cm), framed.
Condition: Retouch, abrasions beneath frame liner, surface grime.
Provenance: Caroline Sturgis Tappan (1819-1888), a poet and founding member of the Transcendentalist Club; by descent to her daughter, Ellen Sturgis Tappan Dixey (1849-1924) and son-in-law, Richard Cowell Dixey (1844-1915); by family descent to the present owner.
Scattered very fine lines and dots of retouch overall, which appear to have been used to fill craquelure, the largest cluster of these located above the haystack, measuring roughly 3 x 1 in. at the maximum; a second larger cluster located in the treetops at left in an area measuring roughly 3 x 1/2 in. A few spots of retouch along edges to cover frame abrasion. Craquelure appears stable. No other condition issues to report.
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