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Laban Searching for his Idols (Genesis 31: 19-37)

After François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Pen and brown ink, brown wash over faint traces of black chalk
13 x 8 1/4 in. (33 x 21 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Harry G. Sperling, 1971
Accession Number:
Not on view
H. Michel-Lévy Sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, May 12-13, 1919, no. 47 (?). No note on the provenance of this drawing has been found among Sperling's papers. However, our drawing corresponds exactly to the dimensions and description of no. 697 in Ananoff 1966, p. 184, formerly in the collection of H. Michel-Lévy. Another version with similar dimensions (34 x 21 cm.), inscribed: Boucher, was recently seen on the Paris art market (cat. "Desrais," Paul Prouté et ses fils, Paris, 1967, p. 15, no. 29, repr.)
Alexandre Ananoff L'oeuvre dessiné de François Boucher (1703-1770): Catalogue raisonné. vol. 1, Paris, 1966, cat. no. 697, p. 184.

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