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Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (Cluny 1758-1823 Paris)
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (Cluny 1758-1823 Paris)

A study of drapery

Details
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (Cluny 1758-1823 Paris)
A study of drapery
black and white chalk with stumping on blue paper
10 1/8 x 10¼ in. (255 x 260 mm.)
Provenance
Comte C.-B. de Boisfremont (L. 353).
Power; Paris, 15-16 April 1864, lot 51, 22 francs to M. Jourdain.
Literature
Collection de Goncourt, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, dessiné et gravé de P.-P. Prud'hon, Paris, 1876, p. 118.
J. Guiffery, L'oeuvre de P.-P. Prud'hon, Paris, 1924, under no. 258.

Lot Essay

A study for Andromache's gown as it falls from the chair in Andromache and Astyanax, a painting commissioned by the Empress Marie-Louise in 1813 but never received by the patron due to Napoleon's abdication in 1814. Left unfinished and retouched by Prud'hon's friend and avid collector Charles Boulanger de Boisfremont, who also owned the present drawing along with other studies for the composition, the painting is now at the Metropolitan Museum, New York (see exhib. cat., Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Paris, 1997-8, no. 161).

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