Study for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons
Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
Black chalk and brown ink on paper
9 7/16 x 12 1/8 in. (23.9 x 30.8 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This drawing is one of numerous studies for David’s masterly painting in the Louvre. The subject, drawn from Roman Republican history, describes the return of the sons of Brutus for burial. It was Brutus himself (flourished 510 B.C.) who condemned his sons to death for treason.
Signature: Initialed by the artist's son Eugène David (lower right): E. D.
Marking: Watermark: A M G/ SERAFINI/ FABRIANO [within a shield-like design]
David atelier sale 17 April 1826; J.L.J. David-Cassangnolle (1829-1886); Mme. J.L.J. David-Cassangnolle, née Léonie-Marie de Neufforge, (1837-1893); Mme. Béraud (great niece of Mme. J.L.J. David-Cassangnole), Annecy; A.H. Béraud. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Galerie Les Tourettes, Basel, 5 October 1960