The Bather
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, French (Montauban 1780 - 1867 Paris)
The Bather
Other Titles
Original Language Title: La Baigneuse
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and white gouache over graphite, squared in graphite, on white wove paper
34 x 22.8 cm (13 3/8 x 9 in.)
frame: 62.2 x 48.4 cm (24 1/2 x 19 1/16 in.)
Mme Delphine Ingres, née Ramel, the artist's widow; her nephew Albert Ramel; his widow Mme Ramel (d. 1928); her heirs; acquired from them through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, January 3, 1929 ($57,000 for cat. nos. 50 and 81); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Edouard Gatteaux, Collection des 120 dessins, croquis et peintures de M. Ingres classés et mis en ordre par son ami Edouard Gatteaux, A. Guerinet (Paris, France, 1875), pl. 9 (1st ser.)

[Eugéne-Emmanuel Pineu-Duval] Amaury-Duval, L'Atelier d'Ingres, G. Crès et Cie (1924), pg. 81

Walter Pach, Ingres, Harper and Brothers Publishers (New York, NY and London, England, 1939), pg. 136

Norman Schlenoff, Ingres, ses sources littéraires, Presses Universitaires de France (Paris, France, 1956), pp. 57-58, n. 8

Martin Birnbaum, The Last Romantic (New York, NY, 1960), pg. 190

William Hesthal, Painted Papers: Watercolors from Durer to the Present, exh. cat., Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, 1962), n.p.

Ingres, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 1967), pg. 58, under no. 34

Emilio Radius and Ettore Camesasca, L'opera completa di Ingres, Rizzoli (Milan, Italy, 1968), pg. 91 under no. 49

Daniel Ternois and Ettore Camesasca, Tout l'oeuvre peint d'Ingres (Paris, France, 1971), pg. 91, under no. 50

John Spike, "Ingres at the Fogg Art Museum", The Burlington Magazine (1981), vol. 123, no. 936, p. 190

Patricia Condon, In Pursuit of Perfection: The Art of J.-A.-D. Ingres, exh. cat., Speed Art Museum (Louisville, KY, 1983), pp. 120-22, fig. 2

Annalisa Zanni, Ingres: catalogo completo dei dipinti, Cantini Editore (Florence, Italy, 1990), pp. 40 and 104, under cats. 26 and 81

[Eugéne-Emmanuel Pineu-Duval] Amaury-Duval, L'Atelier d'Ingres: Edition critique de l'ouvrage publié à Paris en 1878, ed. Daniel Ternois, Arthena (Paris, France, 1993), pp. 212-13, fig. 192

Patricia Condon, "Les Dessins Historiques achevés de J.A.D. Ingres" (part one), Bulletin du Musée Ingres, Amis du Musée Ingres (Montauban, France, 1995), no. 67/68, pp. 3-86, cat. 63; repr. fig. 49

Mary Anne Staniszewski, Believing is seeing: creating the culture of art, Penguin Press (New York, NY, 1995), repr. p. 78

Agnes Mongan, David to Corot: French Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1996), pp. 216-17, cat. no. 230, repr.

Patricia Condon, "Les Dessins Historiques achevés de J.A.D. Ingres" (part two), Bulletin du Musée Ingres, Amis du Musée Ingres (Montauban, France, 1996), no. 69, pp. 3-38, pp. 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 35

Aileen Ribeiro, Ingres in Fashion: Representations of Dress and Appearance in Ingres's Images of Women, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1999), p. 248 (n. 1 to ch. 11)

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), cat. no. 50, repr. (color)

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 50, repr.

Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 29, cat. 16, ill.

Robert Dupin, "La Collection Winthrop", Universalia, Encyclopaedia Universalis (Paris, France, 2004), pp. 343-344, p. 344

Vincent Pomarède, Stéphane Guégan, Louis-Antoine Prat, and Eric Bertin, Ingres 1780-1867, exh. cat., Editions Gallimard (Paris, France, 2006), iII. 135

Vincent Pomarède, "La Collection Winthrop: A la recherche de la beauté pure", L'Estampille/L'Objet d'art (April 2003), no. 379, pp. 34-45, repr. p. 42 (color)

Allene Talmey, "The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard", Vogue (July 15, 1947), repr. p. 45

Agnes Mongan, "Drawings by Ingres in the Winthrop Collection", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (July-December 1944), ser. 6, 26, pg. 403

Jean Sutherland Boggs, "Variations on the Nude", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 487-489, p. 488

Anne Bertrand, "Winthrop: le dessein d'une collection", L'Oeil (March 2003), no. 545, p. 46 and fig. 3 (color)

Exhibition History

Chinese sculpture, bronzes, jades, paintings and drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art : selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/01/1943 - 02/28/1944

Ingres and Degas: Two Classical Draughtsmen, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/24/1961 - 05/20/1961

Ingres Centennial Exhibition, 1867-1967, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/12/1967 - 04/09/1967

Works by J.-A.-D. Ingres in the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/17/1980 - 12/07/1980

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

Re-View: S426A (Large Niche) HAA171x Exoticism and Orientalism, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/05/2009 - 05/03/2009

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Collection Highlights

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