Two Studies of the Head and Shoulders of a Little Girl, ca. 1717
Red, black, and white chalk on buff paper; drawn over black chalk sketch of legs
7 3/8 x 9 5/8 inches (187 x 245 mm)
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924
Watteau rarely made drawings that were directly preparatory for painted compositions. Instead, he produced a large number of sheets of studies from life of men, women, and children in various poses that he kept in his studio and used when needed. The study at right on this sheet was used for the figure of a little girl, seated at her mother’s knee, listening to a concert, in the painting The Music Lesson. This sheet was acquired by Morgan in 1911.