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Study for one of the 'Chevaux de Marly'

Guillaume Coustou the Elder (French, Lyons 1677–1746 Paris)
ca. 1740
Black chalk
sheet: 16 15/16 x 13 3/4 in. (43 x 35 cm)
Credit Line:
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 2006
Accession Number:
Not on view
This study is related to the Chevaux de Marly (Horses of Marly), one of the most famous large-scale marble sculptures of the period, commissioned by the king in 1739. The statues were moved inside the Louvre in 1985 and replaced with the cement copies that now flank the entrance to the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Surviving correspondence between French officials details how two drawings by Coustou with profiles of the blocks were sent to Rome in 1740 to aid in the purchase of appropriate pieces of Carrara marble. This sheet, more of a diagram than a premire pensée, may have been one of those drawings.It is also possible that the drawing is connected to the installation or movement of the statue.
Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel , Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 26, 2013–May 20, 2013.

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