11 November 1996
Jacob Elias la Fargue (1738-after 1778)
A Girl holding a Bird, a dog looking on
signed and dated 'J.E. la Fargue. f 1778.'
black and red chalk on vellum, framed
375 x 274 mm.
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Charles Dumas kindly pointed out that the date on the present drawing proves that the artist, who was until now thought to have died after 1776, was still alive in 1778. Only two other portrait drawings, also on vellum, are known, both undated.
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