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Jeanne Gonin

29 7/16 x 28 7/8 in. (74.77 x 73.34 cm)

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867)

Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft
Accession Number: 1931.414

Probably commissioned by the family of the sitter; created by the artist; acquired by Jeanne Gonin, the sitter, and Pyrame Thomeguex, Florence; by descent to Antoine Thomeguex, son of the previous, 1844; (consigned to dealer [1]); purchased by Edgar Degas [1834-1917], November 1896; returned to Antoine Thomeguex, 1896 [2]; by descent to Albert Thomeguex, son of the previous, 1899; by descent to Alice Thomeguex, sister of the previous and wife of Paul Gaston Pictet, 1918. (Possibly acquired by Georges Wildenstein, Paris and London). (Acquired by Scott and Fowles, New York, NY); purchased by Charles Phelps Taft [1843-1929] and Anna Sinton Taft [1850-1931], Cincinnati, OH, February 1, 1924; donated to the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 1927 [3]; transferred to the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, September 1, 2006 [4].


[1]. Pawned with the proviso that Antoine could reclaim the painting by a certain date if he was able to raise funds to pay back the advance. See note in Taft Museum of Art file. [2]. Antoine Thomeguex paid back the advance to reclaim ownership of the painting within the allotted time. [3]. The Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts (CIFA) was formed by Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft on March 22, 1927 as a non-profit corporation to stimulate the development of art and music in the City of Cincinnati and run the Taft Museum of Art, which opened in 1932. The Tafts offered $1 million for a permanent endowment fund, on the condition that the community raise $2.5 million in matching funds, which was achieved by December 3, 1928. [4]. Until August 31, 2006, the Museum was owned by CIFA, administered by CIFA’s Board of Trustees, and governed by the Taft Museum Board of Overseers. On September 1, 2006, the Museum legally separated from CIFA and began operations as its own incorporated 501(c)(3) entity. This separate incorporation led to the transfer to the separate entity after August 31, 2006 of all tangible assets comprising the Taft collection.

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