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.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
There is an irregular vertical strip added to the left side of the sheet.
This drawing was etched by François Boucher in "Figures de différents caractères, de paysages et d'études" (as no. 214), a compendium of 103 prints after Watteau's drawings published as tribute to the artist soon after his death.