Antoine Watteau

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Antoine Watteau
1684-1721
River Landscape with a Fortified Town and Distant Mountains, Warriors Seated in Left Foreground
Red chalk on paper.
13 x 18 5/16 inches (330 x 465 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978.
1995.1
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Camille Groult (1832-1908), Paris; Jean Groult, Paris; Pierre Bordeaux-Groult (1916-2007), Paris, 1957; Didier Aaron, Paris and New York, in 1979 and 1984 (according to Rosenberg and Prat); sale, Lille, 13 March 1994, lot 127, repr. in color; acquired from Galerie Schmidt, Paris.
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Watermark: coat of arms with serpent (close to Heawood 688).
This large drawing, the largest known by the artist, may be one of 100 copies Watteau made after Venetian drawings by Titian and Campagnola acquired in 1715 by the collector Pierre Crozat.

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