Henri Fantin-Latour 1836-1904
Inscribed 'Fantin 1860.' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 12 3/8 x 10 (31.5 x 25.3)
Bequeathed by Hans Velten 1931
Prov:Matthew White Ridley, London (gift from the artist); Miss Dorothy Ridley, Caterham; sold by her at Christie's, London, 11 June 1923, lot 155; bt. F. and J. Tempelaere, Paris, £162.15s.; Hans Velten, London
Exh:Lent to the Tate Gallery by Hans Velten from 1927 until presented
Repr:John Rothenstein, Modern Foreign Pictures in the Tate Gallery (London 1947), pl.38; Edward Lucie-Smith, Fantin-Latour(Oxford 1977), pl.40
Not included in the oeuvre catalogue by Mme Fantin-Latour. It is the self-portrait sold at Christie's in 1923 and stated in the catalogue to have been presented by the artist to Matthew White Ridley (1837-88). The latter was an English painter who had met Fantin through Whistler and who in turn introduced him to Edwin Edwards [see Tate N01952 ] Fantin painted his portrait in 1865. Two other works by Fantin in the same sale are also said to have been given by the artist to Ridley.
Examination of the canvas appears to show that the artist modified the composition by cutting off a narrow strip at the bottom.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.214-15, reproduced p.214