Ancient Scene with a Funeral Ceremony for an Actor

Louis Jean Desprez French
Former Attribution Louis Félix de La Rue French
Formerly attributed to Louis Jean Desprez French

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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).

Ancient Scene with a Funeral Ceremony for an Actor, Louis Jean Desprez (French, Auxerre 1743–1804 Stockholm), Pen and black ink and watercolor

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