Ancient Scene with a Funeral Ceremony for an Actor
Louis Jean Desprez (French, Auxerre 1743–1804 Stockholm)
Louis Félix de La Rue (French, Paris 1731–1765 Paris)
Formerly attributed to Louis Jean Desprez (French, Auxerre 1743–1804 Stockholm)
Pen and black ink and watercolor
12 3/4 x 8 9/16 in. (32.4 x 21.7 cm.)
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1971
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.
Artist: Louis Jean Desprez (French, Auxerre 1743–1804 Stockholm) Date: n.d.Medium: Pen and black ink, gray wash and watercolor, over traces of graphite. Framing lines in pen and brown ink.Accession: 1975.131.107On view in:Not on view