• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 153

    Pierre Paul Prud'hon (Cluny 1758-1823 Paris)

    Head of a muse in profile facing left

    Price Realised  

    Pierre Paul Prud'hon (Cluny 1758-1823 Paris)
    Head of a muse in profile facing left
    with inscription 'Prud'hon'
    black and white chalk with stumping on blue (faded) paper
    15 x 10 7/8 in. (38 x 27.7 cm.)


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    This drawing was engraved circa 1800 by the artist's son Jean and published in a suite of expressive heads. It derives from one of the muses in the Triomphe de Bonaparte or La Paix, a large drawing exhibited at the Salon of 1801 and now in the Musée Condé, Chantilly (Prud'hon ou le rêve du bonheur, exh. cat. Paris, Grand Palais and elsewhere, 1997-8, p. 171, fig. 117a).
    The drawing had a pendant, a Head of Innocence, of identical dimensions and also engraved by Jean Prud'hon, with which it shared the same history until 1981, and is now in the collection of Karen B. Cohen (Romanticism & and the School of Nature. Nineteenth-Century Drawings and Paintings from the Karen B. Cohen Collection, exh. cat., New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-1, no. 1).

    Provenance

    Henry Burgess, Hounslow; Christie's, London, 15 July 1899, part of lot 63 (60 gns. to Philpott).
    Captain Werner, Langton Hall, Market Harborough, England, (according to a label on the back of the mount).
    Anonymous sale; Chapelle-Perrin-Fromentin, Versailles, Palais des Congrès, 18 November 1979, lot 23.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 7 April 1981, lot 173.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from an Estate


    Literature

    J. Guiffrey, L'Oeuvre de P.-P. Prud'hon, Paris, 1924, nos. 1060 and 1265, and under no. 1062.