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Ancient Scene with a Funeral Ceremony for an Actor

Artist:
Louis Jean Desprez (French, Auxerre 1743–1804 Stockholm)
Former Attribution:
Louis Félix de La Rue (French, Paris 1731–1765 Paris)
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Louis Jean Desprez (French, Auxerre 1743–1804 Stockholm)
Date:
ca.1777
Medium:
Pen and black ink and watercolor
Dimensions:
12 3/4 x 8 9/16 in. (32.4 x 21.7 cm.)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.513.21
Not on view
Acquired in 1971 as the work of Louis Jean Desprez, the drawing was re-attributed to Louis Félix de La Rue in 1977. In 2017, the attribution reverted to Desprez based on Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey's identification of the drawing as one commissioned from the artist by the abbé de Saint-Non for his publication, Voyage Pittoresque. The sheet is described in a manuscript by Vivant Denon as representing the funerary cermony following the death of a celebrated actor (Dupuy-Vachey, M.-A., Vivant Denon et le 'Voyage pittoresque': un manuscrit inconnu, Paris: Fondation Custodia, 2009, p.116).
Marking: Stamped in black ink at lower left, collector's mark of Alfred Beurdeley (Lugt 421)
Alfred Beurdeley (French); Edgar Kaufman; Sullivan Kaufman (British); Vendor: Wynne R.H. Jeudwine (British)
Sullivan Kaufman, George Knox Fantastic and Ornamental Drawings: A Selection of Drawings from the Kaufman Collection Exh. cat. Portsmouth College of Art and Design. Portsmouth, 1969, cat. no. 102, ill.

Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey Vivant Denon et le Voyage pittoresque: un manuscrit inconnu. Paris, 2009, 116.

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