Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
Black chalk on paper squared for transfer
9 1/16 x 6 15/16 in. (23 x 17.7 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This drawing was engraved by the artist’s grandson, Jules David, who described the figure as “a seated person, fine and distinguished, his arm resting on a thin balustrade.” Jules identified the drawing as a study for a figure in the painting Oath of the Army to Napoleon after the Distribution of the Eagle Standards (Château de Versailles). Recent scholarship, however, has challenged this lineage.
Signature: Initialed by the artist's son Eugène David (lower right): E. D.
David atelier sale 17 April 1826; J.L.J. David-Cassagnolle (1829-1886); Mme. J.L.J. David-Cassagnolle, née Léonie-Marie de Neufforge, (1837-1893); Mme. Béraud (great niece of Mme. J.L.J. David-Cassagnole), Annecy; A.H. Béraud. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Galerie Les Tourettes, Basel, 5 October 1960