Inscribed at lower right in pen and black ink, "Jongkind 1873".
In 1873, Johan Barthold Jongkind was rejected from the Salon, perhaps prompting a trip to southern France, specifically the towns of Marseille and Avignon. Nineteenth-century author Louis Adolphe Poitout commented that "this trip to le Midi. . . provided him with a happy diversion" (Adolphe Poitout, Johan Barthold Jongkind (1819-1891), vu par un ami de la famille Fesser. Manuscrit inédit de Louis Adolphe Poitout rédigné entre 1893 et 1905-1910. Paris, 1999. p. 38). This rapidly executed drawing in pen and black ink exhibits a graphic brevity typical of the artist's sketches "en plein air." The scene, featuring a figure sitting on a coastal dune, does not correspond to his known paintings of the ocean and port of Marseille during this period (Adolphe Stein, Jongkind: Catalogue Critique de l'Oeuvre. Paris, 2003, p. 270, nos. 706-708). However, the date "1873" inscribed at the lower right corner in pen and black ink strongly suggests that this drawing was, in fact, made during this journey.
McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.