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House and Factory of Monsieur Henry

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796 - 1875
Monsieur Henry, a cloth manufacturer and a friend of the artist’s father, commissioned this picture of his house and factory in Soissons, France. Corot also painted a view from the back of the house overlooking the spires of Soissons Cathedral; this painting is now in Otterlo, Holland. Regarding Corot as an amateur, Henry neglected to pay him for works that are now considered among the finest of the artist’s early career....

Object Details
M. Henry, Soissons; sold to an anonymous dealer in Nancy; Hippolyte Lézaud, Paris; by descent to his son M. Lézaud, about 1890; Victor Antoine Desfossés (1836-1899). Jacques Emile Blanche (1861-1942), Paris by 1905 [1]. Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, by 1942 [2]; purchased by the City of Philadelphia with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1950.1. Robaut lists Blanche as the owner in his 1905 catalogue raisonné. The painting was exhibited in 1922 by Blanche and in 1925 and 1938 as belonging to an anonymous private collection, probably Blanche since he published it in his Les Arts plastiques, 1931, pp. 19-20. 2. A Rosenberg label with the inventory number 5050 and the title "Soissons-Maison d'Habitation et Fabrique de M. Henry" is in the curatorial files. Private communication with Elaine Rosenberg in July 2001 revealed that the painting was certainly with Rosenberg in New York in 1942, but the loss of the Rosenberg records for the wartime period makes it difficult to trace the painting any earlier.

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