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Antoine Watteau (Valenciennes 1684-1721 Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris)
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Antoine Watteau (Valenciennes 1684-1721 Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris)

A seated young woman, in a loose robe, her eyes downcast

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Antoine Watteau (Valenciennes 1684-1721 Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris)
A seated young woman, in a loose robe, her eyes downcast
reworked black and red chalk counterproof
9¼ x 7¼ in. (23.4 x 18.5 cm.)
Provenance
Camille Groult, Paris
Jean Groult, his son
Pierre Bordeaux-Groult, his son.
Literature
R. Huyghe and H. Adhémar, Watteau, sa vie, son oeuvre, Paris, 1950, p. 223, under no. 169 (in which the provenance and references are incorrect).
K.T. Parker and J. Mathey, Antoine Watteau: catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné, Paris, 1957, II, p. 317, no. 621.
M. Morgan Grasselli, 'The Drawings of Antoine Watteau: Stylistic Development and Problems of Chronology', unpublished PhD thesis, Harvard University, 1987, p. 298, note 78.
M. Morgan Grasselli, 'Eighteen drawings by Antoine Watteau: A chronological study', Master Drawings, XXXI, no. 2, 1993, p. 116, under no. 10.
P. Rosenberg and L.-A. Prat, Antoine Watteau 1684-1721: catalogue raisonné des dessins, Milan, 1996, II, p. 836-7, no. 500.
Exhibited
Tokyo, Wildenstein, Les Grands Maîtres du dessin français du XVIIIe siècle: Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, May-June 1995, no. 4.
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Lot Essay

This figure appears, in reverse, in the middle-ground of Watteau's La Game d'Amour in the National Gallery, London (inv. 2897). The present drawing must date from about the same time that the painting was executed, circa 1716-7.

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