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A cabin by a waterfall in the Alps
pen and brush and black ink and grey wash, heightened with white on blue paper, pen and black ink framing lines
8½ x 11¼ in. (21.7 x 28.5 cm)
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, New York, 22 January 2004, part of lot 212.
The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoleon Ier. A Centennial Celebration of Wildenstein’s Presence in New York, exhib. cat., New York, Wildenstein, 2005-2006, p. 294, n. 8, under no. 124.

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Similar drawings by Châtelet on blue paper can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. 1991.56) and the Harvard Art Museums (inv. 1999.12). The artist's most important commission was a series of illustrations for the Abbé de Saint-Non’s Voyage pittoresque, ou description historique des royaumes de Naples et de Sicile, published in five volumes in Paris between 1781 and 1786. Châtelet was, along with Louis-Jean Desprez, responsible for the largest number of illustrations in the book.

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