About This Artwork

Jean Antoine Watteau
French, 1684-1721

A Bewigged Painter (Possibly Claude Audran), Seated at his Easel, Seen in Profile, c. 1709

Red chalk on buff laid paper, laid down on cream laid card
201 x 134 mm

The Regenstein Collection, 1999.682

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

Virgile Josz, Watteau: moeurs du XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1903), p. 243, note 1.

Marianne Roland-Michel, Watteau: un artiste au XVIIIe siècle (Paris and London, 1984), p. 26, fig. 10.

Marianne Roland-Michel, Le dessin français au XVIIIe siècle (Fribourg, 1987), p. 96, fig. 92.

Lowell Libson, Head and Shoulders (London, 1999) (ill.).

Suzanne Folds McCullagh, “Maineri to Miró: The Regenstein Collection since 1975,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 26, 1 (2000), pp. 36-37, no. 11 (ill.).

Ownership History

Jean-Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (died 1830); Martin Norblin de la Gourdaine (died 1854). The Baronne de Conantré, 1875 [Goncourt 1875]; by descent to her daughter, The Baronne de Rublé; by descent to her daughter, Mme. De Witte; by descent to her daughter, the Marquise de Bryas, Orange; sold to Galerie Cailleux, Paris, by 1959 [a conversation with Marianne Roland-Michel of Galerie Cailleux]. William H. Schab, New York, 1961 [invoice]. Otto Schäfer, Schweinfurt, Germany [invoice]. Sold, Sotheby's, London, July 7, 1999, lot 54 to Spink-Leger Gallery, London; sold to the Art Institute, 1999.

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