by Léon Bonnat
Roman Girl at a Fountain1875
This picture is one of the last genre scenes that Bonnat produced before he turned exclusively to portraiture. He probably agreed to paint the work for Catharine Lorillard Wolfe about 1873. Two years later the painting was delivered to Wolfe’s Madison Avenue brownstone, where it hung in the library, along with her three-quarter-length portrait by Cabanel (87.15.82). In October 1885, soon before she died, Wolfe moved Roman Girl at a Fountain, said to be one of her favorite works, to a specially constructed niche in her dining room. (Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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A beautiful version of this painting was given to us for a wedding present in 1964. It was created at the museum by an art student named Fern Vinnal. We have displayed it lovingly for over 55 years!