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    Sale 7744

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Day Sale

    8 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 132

    Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Montauban 1780-1867 Paris)

    The artist's cat, Biquette, in his Roman studio

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    Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Montauban 1780-1867 Paris)
    The artist's cat, Biquette, in his Roman studio
    signed 'Ingr', dated and inscribed 'Biquette guette la souris. en 1817. a rome. dans mon attelier [sic].'
    pencil
    5¾ x 3 5/8 in. (14.6 x 9 cm.)


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    Ingres drew his cat, Biquette, on at least one other occasion: she is the subject of a drawing in the Musée Ingres, Montauban, inscribed La Chatte Biquette (inv. 867.2907; see G. Vigne, Dessins d'Ingres: Catalogue raisonné des dessins du musée de Montauban, Paris, 1995, p. 596). Biquette also appears in the famous painting of Ingres in his Roman studio by Jean Alaux (1786-1864), which dates from 1818, the year after this drawing was executed (Amaury-Duval, L'Atelier d'Ingres: Édition critique de l'ouvrage publié à Paris en 1878, Paris, 1993, p. 110). Alaux shows the cat in the same pose and in front of the same door as in the present drawing. Some of the paintings very quickly sketched in the background of the drawing also reappear in Alaux's picture.

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