Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

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Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
1758-1823
Study for the Portrait of the Empress Joséphine
Black chalk, with stumping, with white chalk , on blue paper; design area ruled in pen and black ink.
Full sheet: 9 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches (248 x 302 mm); design area: 8 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches (208 x 261 mm)
Bequest of Therese Kuhn Straus in memory of her husband, Herbert N. Straus.
1977.58
Provenance: 
Charles Boulanger de Boisfremont (Lugt 353); his son's sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 9 April 1870, lot; Norsay (sale, Paris, 20 May 1873, lot 116); Alfred Sensier; his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 10-12 December 1877, lot 456; Léon Ferté; Mrs. Herbert N. Straus, New York.
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Eighteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975-1977. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978, p. 285.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 92, repr.

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Watermark: none.
Preparatory drawing for the painting of 1805 now in the Louvre of the Empress Joséphine seated in the gardens at Malmaison.

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Boisfremont, Charles Boulanger de, former owner.
Norsay, former owner.
Sensier, Alfred, 1815-1877, former owner.
Ferté, Léon, former owner.
Straus, Therese Kuhn, former owner.

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