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Attributed to Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798-1863)
From the deceased estate of Mr H.G.Th.Crone, to be sold to benefit the Crone Haver Droeze Fund under protection of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Netherlands
Attributed to Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798-1863)

Étude d'un Marocain

Attributed to Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798-1863)
Étude d'un Marocain
with the wax posthumous sale seal (on the stretcher)
oil on paper laid down on canvas
9 ¼ x 8 1/8 in. (24.7 x 20.7 cm.)
Delacroix Atelier Sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 22-27 February 1864, possibly part lot 188, as 'trois études de costumes d'hommes de l'Orient'.
Collection Vieussa, 1893.
with Claude Aubry, Paris.
with Albert Loeb, Paris.
with Galerie Daber, Paris.

L. Johnson, The Paintings of Eugène Delacroix, A Critical Catalogue, Oxford, 1989, vol. I, p. 225, no. D6 (illustrated, plate 170).

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Lot Essay

Delacroix's 1832 journey to Morocco as a member of Comte Charles de Mornay's diplomatic retinue profoundly influenced the young artist. His prolific output of drawings and watercolours executed in situ during his six-month sojourn were sources for many compositions throughout his career.
Comparable to the male figures in Jewish Wedding in Morocco, the present work is most likely to have been a drawing study for one of his larger compositions, yet has been heavily repainted since the artist’s death. As the seal on the stretcher’s cross-bar indicates, the drawing remained in Delacroix’s studio until the time of his posthumous sale. It might therefore be suggested that it was reworked by one of the studio assistants during this time.

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