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Christ on the Sea of Galilee

Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798 - 1863

Made in France, Europe


Oil on composition board

18 3/4 x 22 7/8 inches (47.6 x 58.1 cm) Framed: 25 1/4 x 29 5/8 x 3 inches (64.1 x 75.2 x 7.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

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Credit Line:
Gift of R. Sturgis and Marion B. F. Ingersoll, 1950

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Comte de Komar, Paris; his estate sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 25, 1870, no. 2; purchased by Brame; Monjean, Paris, by 1873 [1]. Barbedienne, Paris, as of 1885 [2]; sale, Barbedienne estate, Durand-Ruel, Paris, June 2-3, 1892, no. 60 (as "Jésus sur le lac Tibériade," illus.); purchased by Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Paris; sold to Sir William Van Horne (1843-1915), Montreal, December 1, 1892, until d. 1915 [3]; by inheritance to his daughter Adaline Van Horne, Montreal, 1915 until d. 1941 [4]; heirs of Adaline Van Horne, 1941-1946; sale, Van Horne estate, Parke-Bernet, New York, January 24, 1946, no. 9; purchased by R. Sturgis Ingersoll (1891-1973), Philadelphia [5]; gift to PMA, 1950. 1. See Alfred Robaut, L'Oeuvre complet de Eugène Delacroix, Paris, 1885, no. 1216 and Lee Johnson, The Paintings of Eugène Delacroix: A Critical Catalogue, vol. 3, Oxford, 1986, no. S6. Johnson notes that although the dimensions are given incorrectly in the Komar sale catalogue (46 x 50 cm.), the latter dimension is amended to 57 cm. in the Moreau-Nélaton annotated sale catalogue. Adolphe Moreau, E. Delacroix et son oeuvre, 1873, p. 263, stated incorrectly that this painting was no. 131 in Delacroix' posthumous sale of 1864. 2. Lent by Barbedienne to the "Exposition Delacroix," Paris, 1885, no. 7. 3. See Janet M. Brooke, Discerning Tastes: Montreal Collectors, 1880-1920 (exh. cat., Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), 1989, no. 22 and p. 21 (reproduces Van Horne's notebook recording the purchase of "Christ on the Sea of Galilee"). 4. Adaline Van Horne bequeathed about 60 paintings to the Montreal Art Association; her heirs consigned twenty of the most important remaining paintings to auction in 1946. See Discerning Tastes (above, note 3), p. 23, and Art News, January 1, 1946, p. 23. 5. Per annotated copy of sale catalogue in PMA collection.