Loving Couples by a Brook

Jean Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (French, 1745–1830)


Overall: 23.3 x 19cm (9 3/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Framed: 33.3 x 29.2 cm (13 1/8 x 11 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Private collection, Warsaw. By 1920, David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France [see note 1]; 1937, sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein and Co., New York [see note 2]; October 28, 1943, sold by Wildenstein to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

[1] He lent MFA accession nos. 65.2595 and 65.2596 to the "Exposition de Petits Maitres et Maitres peu connus du XVIII siècle" (Chambre Syndicale de la Curiosité et des Beaux-Arts, Paris, June 1-27, 1920), cat. no. 412. See Gabriel Henriot, Collection David-Weill, vol. 2, Pastels, Aquarelles, Gouaches, Tableaux Modernes (Paris, 1927), pp. 163-167.

[2] "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20. The watercolors were included in the exhibition "French XVIII Century Pastels, Water Colors, and Drawings from the David-Weill Collection" (Wildenstein and Co., New York, November-December, 1938), nos. 39-40.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection