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  • Title: The Swing
  • Date Created: c. 1775 - 1780
  • Physical Dimensions: w1855 x h2159 cm (overall)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Samuel H. Kress Collection
  • External Link: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Theme: genre, amusement
  • School: French
  • Provenance: Casimir Perrin, marquis de Cypierre [1783 1844], Paris; (his estate sale, at his residence by Thoré, Paris, 10 March 1845 and day following, no. 52 or 53). possibly marquise de Montesquiou Fezensac, Paris; Camille Groult [1837 1908], Paris, until at least 1889.[1] (Wildenstein & Co., New York); sold February 1954 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[2] gift 1961 to NGA. [1] This painting and its pendant, Blindman's Buff (NGA 1961.9.16) were possibly the two Fragonards sold from the Montesquiou Fezensac collection prior to its 1897 sale (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 19 March 1897); see Colin Eisler, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian, Oxford, 1977: 331 n. 17. Camille Groult was given as the owner of the paintings in publications of 1889 and 1927. However, the latter publication must have meant Groult was a former owner, as he died in 1908; although it is possible the painting was inherited by his son, Jean Groult (1868 1951). The painting was not included in the 21 March 1952 sale of the Groult collection. [2] The bill of sale (copy in NGA curatorial files) is dated February 10, 1954, and was for a total of fourteen paintings; payments by the Foundation continued to March 1957.
  • Artist: Jean-Honoré Fragonard

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