Study for "The Sultan of Morocco and His Entourage"

Eugène Delacroix French

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This drawing shows the final composition for the largest painting Delacroix made based on his experience in North Africa, his submission to the Salon of 1845. The Franco-Moroccan war of 1844 must have reignited his interest in the sultan as a subject. By that time, however, the ambassadorial mission was seen as a failure, and Delacroix excluded the French delegation from the group. The omission shifts the work from a record of diplomatic ceremony to an imposing portrait of a ruler.

Study for "The Sultan of Morocco and His Entourage", Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris), Graphite; squared in white chalk

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