George David Coulon (French/New Orleans, 1822-1904), "On the Tchéfunté River, (Tchefuncta.) Madisonville, La. / House of Mr. Lesassier", 1896, oil on academy board, signed and dated lower left, signed, titled, dated and inscribed en verso, 9 1/2 in. x 12 in., period frame. Provenance: The Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection, Mobile, AL. Note: In 1828, Louis Lesassier (1796-1859) married Carmelite Baham (1804-1846), whose grandfather, Jean Baptiste Baham (1730-1812), founded the city of Madisonville, Louisiana, in 1800. Originally known as Coquille, which means “shell” in French, the town was also sometimes referred to as Baham Village and is located where the Tchefuncte River meets Lake Pontchartrain. The couple had at least nine children, and the house likely was owned by one of them in 1896, when Coulon depicted it in the jewel-like work offered here. Well-established as a portraitist and landscape painter by the end of the 19th century, Coulon’s painterly style is evident. The meticulous depiction of the details on the house, trees, and the reflection in the Tchefuncte River demonstrate Coulon’s delicate technique and beautiful palette.