Description & Technical information

Mary Tavener Holmes has recently confirmed the attribution of this drawing to Lancret, and has suggested that it is an early work, datable to c.1721-1722, when the artist was still most under the influence of Watteau as a draughtsman. She likens the present sheet in particular to such red chalk drawings by Lancret of the early 1720s as a study of a seated woman in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lille and three drawings of standing or seated women in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Another red chalk drawing in Lille, of a seated woman, is also stylistically comparable. 

Date:  1721-1722
Period:  18th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Red chalk
Dimensions: 16 x 8.5 cm (6¹/₄ x 3³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Private collection, France
Anonymous sale (‘Tableaux anciens, Oeuvres de Hubert Robert, Dessins du XVIIIe siècle par Boucher, Fragonard, Lépicié, Vestier, Watteau, provenant d’une importante Collection particulière’), Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 26 June 1924, lot 18 (as Watteau).

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints