Eugène Delacroix

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Eugène Delacroix
1798-1863
Study for the Agriculture Frieze
Pencil on wove paper.
8 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches (209 x 299 mm)
Gift of Roberta J. M. Olson and Alexander B.V. Johnson.
1983.99
Inscription: 

Atelier stamp in red ink at lower right (Lugt S. 838a).
Watermark: Letters "LJ" on wove paper.

Provenance: 
The artist's atelier (Lugt S. 838a); atelier sale, Paris, F. Petit and Tedesco, 17-29 February 1864, probably 1 of 35 in lot 250; Claude Aubry, Paris; sale, New York, Christie's, 23 February 1938, lot 9, repr. (presumably bought in); Roberta J. M. Olson and Alexander B.V. Johnson, New York.
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 253.

Notes: 

Preparatory study for a wall painting in the Salon du Roi, Palais Bourbon, Paris. This project was the artist's first major decorative commission (1833-1835) and included, in addition to the Agriculture program, Justice, Industry, and War themes. Most of the preparatory studies are in the Louvre.

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Aubry, Claude M., former owner.
Johnson, Alexander B. V., former owner.
Olson, Roberta J. M., former owner.

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