The drawing is a study for one of the Muslims in the Captivity of St. Louis in Palestine, one of four scenes from the Life of St. Louis, painted by Cabanel in 1878 in the Panthéon, Paris.
Signature: Black chalk, lower right: Al. Cabanel
Inscription: Inscribed on the mount, verso: "Vente Cabanel/23 Mai 1889"
Alexandre Cabanel, studio sale (Paris, May 23, 1889, lot. 233); W. M. Brady and Co., Inc., 1988; Vendor: Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. , 1988
W. M. Brady and Co., Inc. "French Drawings and Watercolors," June 1, 1988–June 17, 1989.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: Drawings, Prints and Photographs," September 22, 1988–January 8, 1989.
Dahesh Museum of Art. "Training an Artist: Alexandre Cabanel and the Academic Process in 19th-Century France," March 10, 1998–June 13, 1998.
Catalogue de Tableaux, Aquarelles, et Dessins provenant de l'atelier Alexandre Cabanel. Paris, 1889, cat. no. nos. 233.
W. M. Brady and Co., Inc. French Drawings and Watercolors. Ex. cat. New York, June 1-17, 1988, cat. no. 41, ill.
Jacob Bean "Curatorial Reports and Departmental Accessions: Drawings." in Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1988 - June 30, 1989. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 119, New York, 1989, p. 23.
Training an Artist: Alexandre Cabanel and the Academic Process in 19th-century France. Dahesh Museum of Art, New York, 1998, cat. no. 17.