Filleul family, France.(1) [Wildenstein & Co., Paris and New York, in 1975]. Mr. and Mrs. J. Seward Johnson, Jr.,(2) Princeton, NJ, by 1980, sold 1986 through; [Wildenstein & Co., Paris and New York, to]; LACMA.
(1) The Filleul family was closely associated with the royal family of France during the ancien régime. In 1847 Edouard Filleul (1818–1907) married Rosine Girodet Becquérel-Despréaux (née Girodet de Roussy), the niece and heir of the artist Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson. It was her second marriage. An inventory of Edouard Filleul made in 1850 includes works also found in an inventory made after the death of his wife’s first husband in 1835, as well as other paintings presumably brought to the marriage by Filleul. Regarding the Filleul family, see the introduction to the catalogue of the sale "Tableaux anciens de la collection Peyriague," Sotheby’s, Monaco, 21 June 1991. LACMA’s painting was sold privately in 1975 and thus not included in the sale.
(2) John Seward Johnson II, known as J. Seward Johnson, Jr., or simply as Seward Johnson (b. 1930), is an American artist. He began as a painter but is best known for his life-size cast bronze statues. See Sewardjohnsonatelier.org.