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Seated Gentleman

Artist:
Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
Date:
ca. 1810
Medium:
Black chalk on paper squared for transfer
Dimensions:
9 1/16 x 6 15/16 in. (23 x 17.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.606
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
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