Conté crayon with stumping, heightened with pen and brown ink and white gouache on wove paper
11 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. (29.5 x 22.5 cm)
Gift of Miss G. Louise Robinson, 1940
Not on view
The subject of sheep shearing occupied Millet for much of the 1850s. This composition is similar to that of a painting in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which Millet exhibited at the Salon of 1853. He produced several other drawings on this theme, a second painting, and a watercolor that was delivered to his friend and biographer Alfred Sensier in 1857. Finally, he adapted the design in a painting exhibited at the Salon of 1861.
La tondeuse de moutons
Signature: Conté crayon, lower right: J.F. Millet
Commissioned by Alfred Sensierfor Philippe de Chennevières; Philippe de Chennevières (1820–1899)His sale Paris, Hotel Drouot, 4-7 April 1900, lot 686 (6000 francs to Arnold); Arnold and Tripp (London and Paris)(sold 1901); Knoedler and Co., New York; Donor: Miss G. Louise Robinson
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Arthur Hoeber The Barbizon Painters. New York, 1915, ill.
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