Portrait of the Little Gardener of Morice Ville, the Moreau Estate, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Graphite on paper
Overall: 7 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. ( 20 x 12.1 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
inscription: lower center: "Petit Jardinier de Moriceville"
Inscribed along lower edge in brown ink: 'Petit Jardinier. de Morice Ville"
In 1951 Kennedy and Co., New York City, owned a watercolor (7 x 12 3/8 in.) by the baroness inscribed: "Morice ville, Juillet 1809." The Society's study is dated from this view. It could well be that the Morice Ville of the baroness was Morrisville in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where the de Neuvilles' good friend, General Jean Victor Marie Moreau (1763-1813) of New York, also an exile from Napoleonic France, purchased a country estate.
De Neuville family, France; E. De Vries, Paris, 1928; Columbia University Press Book Store, NYC, 1929; Old Print Shop, NYC, 1953
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.