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The Annunciation to the Shepherds
(L'Annunciation aux bergers)

oil on canvas
147.9 × 115.2 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1910
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Collection of the artist until his death, 1884; Jules Bastien-Lepage estate sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 11-12 May 1885, no. 14; from where purchased by Maria Bashkirseff, 1885[i]; her collection, until 1891/92; with Bulla Freres et Jouy (dealer), Paris, by 1892; from where purchased by Knoedler Gallery (dealer), December 1892, stock no. 7272 (Provenance Index no. K-7146)[ii]; by whom sold to Peter Arrell Brown Widener (1834–1915), Philadelphia, 1892; his collection, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, until 1908; from whom purchased by Knoedler Gallery, May 1908, stock no. 11586 (Provenance Index no. K-12397)[iii]; sold to Messrs Obach and Co. (dealer), London, 30 June 1910; from where purchased, on the advice of Frank Gibson, for the Felton Bequest, 1910.

[i] The mother of artist/writer Maria Bashkirtseff (Maria Konstantinovna Bashkirtseva, 1858–84), who was a student, and friend of, Bastien-Lepage.

[ii] M. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2012.M.54, Series I.A. Paintings, 1872-1970, Painting stock book 4: 4369-8799, 1883 April-1899 April 1, p. 170; Accessed

[iii] See above, Painting stock book 5: 8800-12652, 1899 April-1911 December 1, p. 156.

Exhibited: Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Hôtel de Chimay, Paris, 1875, no. 31 (with the Prix de Rome entrants); Retrospective Centennial Exhibition, Paris, 1889, lent by Maria Bashkirtseff.