Description & Technical information

The present sheet would appear to be a design for a monument in honour of a young woman, whose portrait is shown in an oval frame set on a pedestal, surmounted by angels and putti and flanked by, on the left, a male figure of Death and, at the right, an allegorical female figure with attributes that are, unfortunately, difficult to decipher. What appears to be the fragmentary ancient Greek marble statue known as the Belvedere torso appears the lower right.

Date:  1767
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Pen, Black ink, Underdrawing in black chalk, Framing lines in black ink, Laid down
Signature: Signed with the artist’s monogram DLR and dated 1767 at the lower centre, on the pedestal. 

Dimensions: 20 x 13 cm (7⁷/₈ x 5¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Patrick Perrin, Paris
Private collection, Middlesex
Thence by descent.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints