Description & Technical information

Although the monogram at the lower left of the present sheet is likely to be that of the as-yet unidentified artist, or else a collector’s mark, it may be noted that it is very similar to the monogram employed by King Louis-Philippe (1773-1850), who ruled as King of the French between 1830 and 1848. Louis-Philippe is known to have been an amateur draughtsman in his youth, and even worked as a drawing master as well as a teacher of maths, history and geography at a school of Reichenau in Switzerland, where, under the assumed name of M. Chabos, he lived in exile in 1793, at the height of the French Revolution.

Medium: Pen and grey ink and grey wash, over an underdrawing in pencil
Signature: An artist’s monogram or a collector’s mark PL(?) in brown ink at the lower left.

Dimensions: 21.1 x 15 cm (8¹/₄ x 5⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Muriel Spiro Butkin, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Bequeathed by her to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Deaccessioned by the museum in 2021.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints