Franois Boucher (1703-1770)
Franois Boucher (1703-1770)

Two Washerwomen by a Clump of Trees

Details
Franois Boucher (1703-1770)
Two Washerwomen by a Clump of Trees
with inscription 'Francois Boucher' on the mount
black and white chalk on grey-blue paper
382 x 280 mm.
Provenance
J.B. Glomy (L. 1119).

Lot Essay

Jean-Baptiste Glomy was a well known prints and drawings expert in the second part of the 18th Century in France. With Rémy he wrote the first catalogue of Rembrandt's etchings and organised the sales of the Duc de Tallard, Babault (see lot 199 for a drawing from tha sale), Roussel, Brochant and Lainé. From 1753 he began to work on his own and specialised in the production of mounts for drawings. His Journal des Ouvrages in the Fondation Custodia, Paris, mentions among his clients Paignon-Dijonval and the artists Louis Silvestre and Franois Boucher.
Boucher probably asked Glomy himself to mount the drawings he intended to sell as finished works, such as the present sheet. Two sheets by Boucher with Glomy's mark have been sold in these Rooms, 8 December 1981, lot 126 and 1 July 1997, lot 136, others are illustrated in R. Shoolman Slatkin, Franois Boucher: 100 Drawings in North American Collections, exhib. cat., Washington, National Gallery of Art and elsewhere, 1974, no. 5-6, 63, 77, 80, 84, while several others are mentioned in A. Ananoff, L'oeuvre dessiné de Franois Boucher, Paris, 1966. Most of Boucher's drawings with Glomy mounts date from late in the artist's career.
Alastair Laing kindly confirmed the attribution, dating the drawing to Boucher's later years.
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