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    Sale 7605

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    8 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 103

    Attributed to Joseph Ducreux (Nancy 1735-1802 Paris)

    Portrait of an ecclesiastic, bust-length

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Attributed to Joseph Ducreux (Nancy 1735-1802 Paris)
    Portrait of an ecclesiastic, bust-length
    pastel
    19 x 15 in. (484 x 380 mm.)


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    Trained by Greuze (1725-1805) and Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (1704-1788), Ducreux became the official portrait painter to Queen Marie-Antoinette, for whom he worked in Vienna and later in Paris.
    This pastel can be associated with another of a Benedictine monk by Ducreux (fig.1). Of similar size, the latter was exhibited at the Salon of 1791 and is now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chartres (inv. no. 2261) (see J.-F. Heim et al., Les Salons de Peinture de la Révolution française 1789-1799, Paris, 1989, p. 190).

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