Scene of Military Life: A General Giving Orders

Charles Parrocel French

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Parrocel, like his father before him, specialized in paintings of battles and hunts. His adept handling of such subjects endeared him to Louis XV, an avid hunter, leading to many royal commissions.

This drawing is a study for a painting executed in 1744 for the appartement du dauphin at Versailles, made at the time of the Dauphin's first marriage to Marie-Thérèse of Spain. The shaped surround indicates the boiserie, or ornamental carved wood, that embellished the walls of the room for which the painting was destined.

Scene of Military Life: A General Giving Orders, Charles Parrocel (French, Paris 1688–1752 Paris), Red chalk, over traces of graphite

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