Various brown chalks, with touches of brush and brown chalk wash, heightened with white chalk, on cream laid paper, prepared with a light brown wash ground, laid down on heavy buff laid paper
Signed and dated, recto, lower right, in brown chalk: "F. Boucher / 1767"; inscribed verso, center on mount, in graphite: "SCHOOL / FRANCOIS BOUCHER"; lower center on mount, in graphite: "pour c. à venir"; upper left on mount, in graphite: "DX 276–3"
304 × 205 mm (primary support); 330 × 230 mm (secondary support)
Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection
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Beverly Schreiber Jacoby, “Boucher’s Late Brown Chalk Composition Drawings,” Master Drawings 30:3 (Fall 1992), pp. 261, 267, fig. 13, p. 283, cat 11.
Suzanne Folds McCullagh (ed.), Drawings in Dialogue: Old Master Through Modern, The Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection, exh. cat. (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 2006), p. 57, cat. 30 (ill.).
Art Institute of Chicago, “Gifts of a Lifetime,” 1998-1999, checklist 29.
Art Institute of Chicago, “Drawings in Dialogue: Old Master Through Modern, The Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection,” June 3–July 30, 2006, p. 57, cat. 30 (ill.).
Possibly P.-J.-O. Bergeret de Goncourt’s (died 1785) posthumous sale, Paris, Apr. 24-9, 1786, lot 151. Possibly sold, Feb. 19-20, 1869. Estate of Reine Maria Duysburgh-Bouillet. Sold, Christie’s, New York, Jan. 11, 1989, lot 132, to Dorothy Braude Edinburg, Brookline, MA.; given to the Art Institute of Chicago, 2013.
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