Léon Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1925)
Signed "L Lhermitte" l.r., identified on a fragmentary Parke-Bernet auction catalog page affixed to the frame backing, stamped "HAVARD Frères" on the wood frame backing.
Pastel on paper, 12 1/2 x 17 13/4 in. (31.5 x 45.0 cm),framed.
Condition: Not examined out of frame.
Provenance: A private New York collection; to Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, February 19, 1948, Lot 24; by family descent to the current owner.
The Parke Bernet fragment bears a handwritten inscription in ink, "The above picture was purchased at auction Parke Bernet Galleries, Feb-19 1948 for $150.00"
The pastel is held in the frame with thin wood strips nailed along the outer edges, so that the work could not be removed easily from the frame. The overall condition appears very good. The u.r. corner of the paper is not covered with pastel, and one can see the sandy texture of the paper.
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