This drawing, formerly attributed to Charles Parrocel, is related to The Battle of Poltava painted in 1717 for Tsar Peter the Great and now in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Jean-Marc Nattier, exhib. cat., Versailles, 1999, no. 2. A drawing of the Tsar, close in handling to the present lot, is in the Marcel Puech Collection, Avignon, Versailles, op. cit., no. 3.