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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 121

    Jean-François Millet (Gruchy 1814-1875 Barbizon)

    Peasants digging for potatoes, a donkey seen beyond

    Price Realised  

    Jean-François Millet (Gruchy 1814-1875 Barbizon)
    Peasants digging for potatoes, a donkey seen beyond
    black chalk
    7 5/8 x 5¼ in. (195 x 135 mm.)


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    A preparatory study for this drawing dated circa 1862-6, was sold in these rooms, 9 April 1976, part of lot 166. A similar, earlier drawing of the same subject is in the Louvre (inv. RF 5769; Millet, One Hundred Drawings, R. Bacou, Paris, 1975, p. 134, no. 62).

    We are grateful to Dr Alexandra Murphy for confirming the attribution on the basis of a photograph and for her help in cataloguing this drawing.

    Provenance

    The artist's studio stamp (L. 1460).
    With Claude Aubry, Paris.