Lot 1

Henri Nicolas van GORP (circa 1756-after 1819) L'Entrevue consolante (the visit to the prisoner) Canvas 54 x 46 cm Ancient restorations Provenance: Private collection in Saint Petersburg before 1898 (according to Harrisse) Anonymous sale in Paris, Hôtel Drouot, BoscherGossart study, room 5, 2 July 1980, n°117 (as attributed to Jean-Simon Fournier). Bibliography: Engraved by Noël and Schenker at the beginning of the 19th century (like Boilly) Henry Harisse, Louis Boilly, Peintre-Dessinateur Lithographe, sa vie et son oeuvre 1761-1845, Paris, Société de propagation des livres d'art, 1898, p.129 (like van Gorp), Paul Marmottan, Le peintre Louis Boilly, Paris, 1913, p.93 (like van Gorp). This painting is the counterpart of the "Painful Separation" (sale in Paris, Sotheby's, 19 June 2006, n°99).