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Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson (1767-1824)

Tamerlane the Great, after Claude Vignon

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Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson (1767-1824)
Tamerlane the Great, after Claude Vignon
with inscription 'girodet avé mon/mêtre'
red chalk
12 5/8 x 9 3/8 in. (322 x 238 mm.)
Provenance
Antoine-César Becquerel; by descent to
Henri Becquerel; to his wife
Louise Lorieux.
Pierre Deslandres (nephew of the above); thence by descent to his son. Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 16 February 1994, lot 5.
Bought from Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York.
Literature
S. Bellenger, Girodet 1767-1824, exhib. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre and elsewhere, 2005, p. 24, III.14, illus.
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Lot Essay

Girodet's drawing is inspired by a print by Claude Vignon of the fourteenth century Mongol ruler, Tamerlane. Girodet, a pupil of Jacques-Louis David by late 1783 or early 1784 dedicated this drawing to his master. The drawing remained in the family of Girodet's descendents until its appearance at auction in 1994.

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