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Head of a Child

Artist:
Style of Jacques Louis David (French, first quarter 19th century)
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 12 5/8 in. (40 x 32.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Harry G. Sperling, 1971
Accession Number:
1976.100.5
Not on view
The Sabine Women (Musée du Louvre, Paris) by Jacques Louis David (1748–1825) was in hand in the spring of 1796, was largely complete in the autumn of 1798, and is signed and dated 1799. David showed the work to paying visitors in a room in the Louvre previously assigned to the Académie d’Architecture from December 1799 through May 1805 and he also exhibited it for brief periods in the Salon of 1808, in 1810, and in his studio in 1814. It seems most likely that this oil sketch after the child in the center foreground of the picture was made by a visitor to one of these venues.

[Katharine Baetjer 2016]
[Ambroselli, Paris, until 1968; as by Jacques-Louis David; sold for $3,500 to Kleinberger]; [Kleinberger, New York, 1968–71; as "Study for Sabine Women"; half share exchanged with Ambroselli]; [Kleinberger, New York, and Ambroselli, Paris, 1971–75; bequeathed by Harry G. Sperling, last surviving partner of Kleinberger, to MMA]
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