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François Boucher (Paris 1703-1777)
François Boucher (Paris 1703-1777)

A standing young woman and others gathering flowers (‘La Jardinière’)

François Boucher (Paris 1703-1777)
A standing young woman and others gathering flowers (‘La Jardinière’)
signed 'Boucher' on the mount (lower left).
black chalk, within framing lines in pen and black ink
10 ¾ x 8 in. (27.2 x x 21.2 cm)
Mountmaker's mark of Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711-1786), Paris (L. 1119).
Charles-Marin de la Haye (1736-1790), Paris.
Jean Masson (1856-1933), Amiens and Paris (L. 1494a); his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 7-8 May 1923, lot 21.
A. Ananoff, L’Œuvre dessiné de Boucher. Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1966, I, no. 143.
P. Jean-Richard, L'Œuvre gravé de François Boucher dans la collection Edmond de Rothschild, Paris, 1978, p. 178, under no. 623.

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With its high level of finish and detail, the present sheet is a prime example of Boucher’s preparatory drawings for prints. With its pendant, it belonged to Charles Marin de la Haye; both sheets were engraved by Gilles Demarteau with a dedication to Monsieur De Heusy ‘former mayor of the engraver’s native city of Liège’ and to his wife. A black chalk copy of the drawing presented here is at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (inv. 1999.56.5; see Works of Art from the collection of Mr. & Mrs. John Jay Ide, exhib. cat., San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1990, no. 19, ill.).

We are grateful to Alastair Laing and Françoise Joulie for confirming the attribution of the present drawing based on a photograph and for their help in cataloguing it.

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