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Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1715

  • Henri Antoine de Favanne, French, 1668-1752

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 32 1/2 × 18 inches (82.6 × 45.7 cm)
  • 36 3/4 × 22 1/4 × 3 1/8 inches (93.3 × 56.5 × 7.9 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Edgar R. Thom Bequest Fund


Inscribed, verso, on stretcher bar crossbar: Catharine Mary Howard of Corby Castle | .....wood 1819. Inscribed, on verticle stretcher bar: Catharine Mary Howard of Corby Castle. Inscribed, stenciled on verticle stretcher bar: 367 FF.

Jean Bouteroue d'Aubigny (Paris, France). possibly, March 7, 1774, Brochant sale, no. 346. possibly, December 4, 1780, Mauperin sale. Sir Richard Neave, 1st Baronet [1731-1814] (England)

by 1819, by descent to his daughter Catharin Mary [Mrs. Henry Howard] (Corby Castle, Cumbria, England)

until after 1930, by descent, Corby Castle collection (Cumbria, England)

1982, bequethed to John Howard (Corby Castle, Cumbria, England)

November 30, 1983, sold (Sotheby's, London, England), no. 41

(Auslander and Wittgenstein, Inc.)

1984-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

"Annual Report-Accessions," Bulletin of the DIA 62, no. 2 (1985): pp. 13, 21, (fig. 12). Marandel, J. P. "Two Compositions by Henri de Favanne for the Chapel of Chanteloup," Bulletin of the DIA 63, nos. 3/4 (1988): pp. 26-31, (fig. 1). Rosenthal, D. A. La Grande Manière: Historical and Religious Painting in France 1700-1800. Exh. cat., Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, and High Museum of Art. Rochester, New Brunswick, and Atlanta, 1987/1988, p. 94, no. 20, (ill.) p. 21. Allain-Bernard, Geneviève. "Nouveaux Documents sur Henri de Favanne" Bulletin de Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français (1996): pp. 79-93, esp. p. 81 and note 38 p. 86. Chanteloup. Un moment de grace autour du duc de Choiseul. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts. Tours, 2007, pp. 133, 135, cat. 49, (repr.).

Henri Antoine de Favanne, Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1715, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Edgar R. Thom Bequest Fund, 1984.36.