• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 179

    Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson (1767-1824)

    Tamerlane the Great, after Claude Vignon

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson (1767-1824)
    Tamerlane the Great, after Claude Vignon
    with inscription 'girodet avé mon/mêtre'
    red chalk
    12 5/8 x 9 3/8 in. (322 x 238 mm.)


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    Girodet's drawing is inspired by a print by Claude Vignon of the fourteenth century Mongol ruler, Tamerlane. Girodet, a pupil of Jacques-Louis David by late 1783 or early 1784 dedicated this drawing to his master. The drawing remained in the family of Girodet's descendents until its appearance at auction in 1994.

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    Antoine-César Becquerel; by descent to
    Henri Becquerel; to his wife
    Louise Lorieux.
    Pierre Deslandres (nephew of the above); thence by descent to his son. Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 16 February 1994, lot 5.
    Bought from Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York.


    Literature

    S. Bellenger, Girodet 1767-1824, exhib. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre and elsewhere, 2005, p. 24, III.14, illus.