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Beatrice Bouvet (born c.1861)

COURBET, Gustave (1819 - 1877)

Beatrice Bouvet (born c.1861)

Date: 1864

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 91.9 x 73.2 cm

Acquired: 1976; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 2447

The Salins industrialist Alfred Bouvet purchased two Courbet landscapes and commisioned this portrait of his daughter, then aged three. She is holding a toy sheep on a wheeled base. Courbet seldom attempted portraits of children and remarked: 'It is the hardest thing you can imagine: a three year-old girl, as fair as tow, as white as milk and, by Jove, extremely pretty'.

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