T03566 The Kessler Family on Horseback 1931
Gouache on paper 19 5/8 × 26 3/8 (500 × 669)
Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Prov: Mrs Kessler (purchased from the artist c.1931)
Exh: The Kessler Collection, Wildenstein Gallery, October–November 1948 (11, as ‘Studies for an Equestrian Portrait’); The Kessler Bequest, Tate Gallery, February–April 1984 (not numbered, repr.)
Lit: Bernard Dorival, ‘Raoul Dufy et le Portrait’, La Revue des Arts, V, no.3, 1955, pp.175–80, repr.p.180; Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, Raoul Dufy: Catalogue Raisonné des Aquarelles, Gouaches et Pastels, Paris, 1981, I, no.879, p.321, repr. as ‘La Famille Kessler à Cheval’ 1932; Bryan Robertson, ‘An Introduction to Dufy’, Raoul Dufy 1877–1953, exhibition catalogue, Hayward Gallery, 1983, p.54
A study for the whole composition, showing the figures as they appear in both the finished pictures. Mr and Mrs Kessler are in the centre, with their daughters Augusta and Anne in the foreground, to left and right, and behind them (again from left to right) Frances, Cornelia and Susan.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986