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Jacques Laurent Agasse Figural Landscape Painting
This oil on canvas by the Swiss-born painter, Jacques Laurent Agasse (1767-1849) is entitled The Toy Boat. Modern carved giltwood frame measures 40.75" by 50" by 3". Stretcher measures 32" by 41.25". Provenance: Frost and Reed, Bristol England (circa 1881); Roni Steinberg Sokoloff, New York NY (current). There is a very old repair to the canvas on verso in the lower right corner, and suspected in-painting on front over this area. We have not inspected the work under UV light. Canvas resides on its original stretcher with original nails. The original inventory label from Frost and Reed remains affixed to the stretcher. No signature nor monogram have been found.

This painting comes from the collection of Roni Steinberg Sokoloff and resided in her former 63-acre estate in Bedford New York known as Cantitoe Farms. The paper label on rear contains the artist's name, the registered stock number W38, the work's title, and a signature which has not been deciphered. It is possible that of Walter Frost, who assumed control of the gallery following the death of his uncle, John Frost, in 1875. The "FR" initials date the label to from no earlier than 1881, when Walter Frost and William Reed renamed the business Frost and Reed. Frost & Reed remains in business today and is one of the oldest continually operated fine art dealerships in the world.

This work is believed to date from 1820 to 1840 and depicts six children of various ages playing with toy sailboats along the edge of a pond or stream. Quite possibly the work was inspired by or depicts the children of George Booth. Agasse moved to London in 1802 and lived in a number of places until settling into the mews at 4 Newman Street in 1810. Booth was his landlord for twenty-five years and became a close family. Booth's eldest child, Lionel, was born in 1814 and he and his siblings regarded Agasse as an uncle. They are known to have both inspired and served as models for some of his figural genre paintings.


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