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Landscape with a clump of trees
(Bosquet d'arbres)
(c. 1844)

oil on wood panel
42.0 × 64.1 cm
inscribed in black paint l.l.: THRousseau (second u underlined)
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1955
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Gallery location
Not on display

With William Schaus[1] (1821–92) (dealer), New York, sold c. 1881; from whom purchased by Theron R. Butler (d. January 1884); thence by descent to Estate (and daughter Ella Sanders); subsequently included in Theron R. Butler estate sale, American Art Association, New York, 7 January 1910, no. 52, Bosquet d’Arbres; bought by Knoedler Galleries, New York, 1910, stock no. 11972[2]; exhibited Exposition 100 Chefs d’oeuvre, Paris, May 1910, owner Knoedler Galleries; from where purchased by Cornelius Kingsley Garrison Billings (1861–37), September 1910; his collection, Fort Tryon Hall, New York, until 1926; included in Billings’ sale, Famous Masterpieces of the French Dutch and English Schools the Collection of C. K. G. Billings Esq. from Fort Tryon Hall, American Art Association, New York, 8 January 1926[3]; collection of Eli B. Springs (d. 1934) 1926–34, New York and Charleston; Springs’ estate sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, 23 November, 1934; bought by the John Levy Galleries[4]; collection of A. Levinson; exhibited Barbizon School, Hazlitt Gallery, London, May 1955; from where purchased, for the Felton Bequest, 1955.

[1] German-born American William Schaus (1821–92) was head of Goupil & Co., New York branch 1847–52, and founder of the International Art Union. He was a major collector of Barbizon painters and supporter of the burgeoning American art scene. He resigned from Goupil in 1852 (replaced by Michael Knoedler) and began the William Schaus Galleries. Early in 1892, he held a major sale of his stock room. He died later that year. The remainder of his estate and personal art collection was auctioned in 1896. His son, William Jnr (1858–1942), was a renowned entomologist and specialist in Lepidoptera.

[2] See M. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2012.M.54, Series I.A, box 5, Painting stock book 5: 8800-12652, April1899– December 1911, p. 185. This purchase by was reported in the New York Times article ‘Butler Paintings sold for $264,835’, 8 January 1910. Painting and buyer are mentioned.

[3] Reported in the NY Times article, ‘Billings to Sell 31 Great Masters’, 6 December, 1925. Painting is mentioned by name.

[4] Reported in the NY Times, ‘79 Paintings bring $86,665 at auction’, 24 November, 1934, p.13. Painting and buyer are mentioned by name.