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Felix-Joseph Barrias (Paris 1822-1907)
Felix-Joseph Barrias (Paris 1822-1907)

Eloquence: an angel holding a scallop shell

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Felix-Joseph Barrias (Paris 1822-1907)
Eloquence: an angel holding a scallop shell
signed 'F Barrias' and inscribed 'S. Eloquence'
black and red chalk, pen and brown ink, squared in black chalk
17 1/8 x 23¼ in. (43.5 x 59 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 28 November 1985, lot 774.

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Lot Essay

A preparatory study for the Allegory of Eloquence painted in the Church of the Trinité in Paris in 1866. The related work appears in the vault of the second bay of the nave. We are grateful to Margarida Güell, who has confirmed the attribution from a photograph and who suggested the connection, dating the drawing to 1864-5.

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