Nicolas Lancret

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Nicolas Lancret
Studies of Two Men. Verso: Sketch of a man
Red chalk on cream-colored paper.
7 5/16 x 9 15/16 inches (186 x 252 mm)
Bequest of Mrs. Herbert N. Straus.

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Preparatory studies for the painting "Le Déjeuner de jambon", which, with its companion piece "Le Déjeuner d'huîtres" by Jean-François de Troy (1679-1752), was commissioned by Louis XV in 1735 for the dining room of the petits-appartements at Versailles. Both are now in the Musée Condé, Chantilly.

Pierre Defer-Henri Dumesnil (Lugt 739); his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 10-12 May 1900, lot 168; Henri Haro; his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 3 February 1912, lot 44; possibly Mrs. Walter H. Burns (1844-1919) [née Mary Lyman Morgan, sister of Pierpont Morgan]; her son, Walter Burns; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 22 March 1923, lot 8, repr.; Casimir Stralem; Donald S. Stralem, New York; Mrs. Donald S. Stralem, New York; her sale, London, Christie's, 13 December 1984, lot 154, repr. in color; Mrs. Herbert N. Straus.
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Dumesnil, Pierre Defer-Henri, former owner.
Haro, H., former owner.
Burns, Walter, Mrs., former owner.
Burns, Walter, former owner.
Stralem, Casimir, former owner.
Stralem, Donald S., former owner.
Stralem, Donald S., Mrs., former owner.
Straus, Herbert N., Mrs., donor.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 355-356.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 42, repr. recto (in color) and verso.

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