Charles Dominique Joseph Eisen (French, Valenciennes 1720–1778 Brussels)
Formerly attributed to Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Red chalk over traces of graphite
9 7/16 x 6 5/16 in. (24 x 16 cm)
Bequest of Harry G. Sperling, 1971
Not on view
Until 1983, this drawing was thought to be by Antoine Watteau. We now know it matches similar studies of French guardsmen by Eisen and was engraved as an illustration for the military manual "Positions des soldats de l'infanterie pendant la manoeuvre du fusil" (Paris, 1751–52).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 5, 1998–March 8, 1998.
Bean and Turcic 1984.109
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th-18th Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986, cat. no. 109, pp. 105-107, ill.
Louis-Antoine Prat Le Dessin Français au XVIIIe siècle. Paris, 2017, 411.