Lot 284 in the Walferdin sale (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 10–11, 1880) was a pen-and-ink drawing of a head of a child said to have been made by David for his picture of the Sabines (“Étude d’Enfant, pour son tableau des Sabines. Dessin à la plume. H., 0m, 20. L., 0m, 46”).
Louis Hautecoeur in "Louis David," Paris, 1954, p. 180, claims the model for one of the children in the Louvre picture was "le petit Paganol, fils du conventionnel qui devint Maître de Requêtes au Conseil d'État."