Thomire, Pierre Augustin (Paris 1724 – Béraut 1808): Lady with child & dog, signed & dated 1783

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Thomire, Pierre Augustin (Paris 1724 – Béraut 1808): Lady with child & dog, signed & dated 1783 In a period 18th century frame, French or Italian. Pierre Augustin Thomire.b. Paris 1724 – d. Béraut 1808 Active in Bordeaux, Thomire became a member of the Académie in 1784. His morceau de réception, a painting of ‘Douat, avocat à la cour des aides’, is in the Musée de Beaux-Arts. Several other examples of his work are in other French public galleries & private collections. He is also recorded as a miniaturist, paying 3 livres of ‘capitation’ in Bordeaux in 1784 and 1786. In 1773, Thomire painted portraits of the French royal family for Catherine the Great of Russia, which are still in the Hermitage collection, St Petersburg. He is not to be confused with another contemporary artist with the same surname, or the well known ormolu sculptor.

Condition

restored section to upper, has been professionally re-lined & cleaned, beginning at the Chrysler Museum, Chicago, in the 1980’s and completed in Melbourne, Australia, in 2011.

Size

canvas 67x97cm; frame 140x115cm

References

Provenance: Ann Donahue Mersereau /estate of Foy Casper 1940-2003 (Chief art conservator Chrysler Museum) A 1980 letter from Ida Ely Rubin [rep. as a friend/assistant] describes it as coming from the collection of Ann Donahue Mersereau, and in the letter to Foy it is described as -portrait of the family- but which family is not clear. The sitter remains an enigma, with her young child of just a few years, and the portrait miniature of a youth pinned to her dress with a black ribbon. Pierre Augustin Thomire. b. Paris 1724 – d. Béraut 1808 Active in Bordeaux, Thomire became a member of the Académie in 1784. His morceau de réception, a painting of -Douat, avocat à la cour des aides-, is still in the Musée de Beaux-Arts. Several other examples of his work are in other French galleries. He is also recorded as a miniaturist, paying 3 livres of capitation in Bordeaux in 1784 and 1786. In 1773, Thomire painted portraits of the French royal family for Catherine the Great of Russia, still in the Hermitage collection, St Petersburg. He is not to be confused with another contemporary artist with the same surname, or the well known ormolu sculptor.

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