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    World War I: "Adieu la Vie" by S. Cornelius, a Painting from the Collection of Thomas W. Lamont, Circa 1918. 31.5" x 23.5", oil on board. The evocative painting shows two World War One poilus, French soldiers, crouched down in a shell hole in "no-man's-land" as artillery shells pound the earth around them. Painted by the Dutch artist Cornelius during the First World War the painting was acquired by Thomas Lamont, representative of the banking house of J. P. Morgan & Company. Lamont negotiated loans for both the French and British governments prior to the United States entry into the war and served as a member of the American Commission to Negotiate the Peace at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1918. He later became the chairman of the board of directors of J. P. Morgan and was a generous benefactor to his alma mater, Harvard University. A paper label on the back of the painting reads, "#34 Monsieur T. W. Lamont / 14 Place Vendome". The address was the Paris office of J. P. Morgan. Signed in the upper left corner. Light surface wear and mounting holes along the edge, else fine.

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