Jean Baptiste Perronneau

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Jean Baptiste Perronneau
1715-1783.
Portrait of a Man
1756
Pastel on paper.
21 3/4 x 17 1/2 inches (550 x 440 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978.
1984.6

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Signed at upper right in graphite, "Perronneau"; inscribed on the reverse, "Juillet 1756, par Perroneau".

Provenance: 
Sigismond Bardac; his sale, Paris, 10-11 May 1920, no. 30, repr.; Jacques Stern; sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 3 April 1979, lot 41 (where it is suggested that the sitter may be Jacques Cazotte); acquired from David Carritt, Ltd., London.
Bibliography: 

Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 57.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 368.
Denison, Cara D., with Stephanie Wiles and Ruth S. Kraemer. Fantasy and Reality : Drawings from the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Collection. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1995, no. 9, repr. in color.

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Watermark: none.
Probably a portrait of the writer Jacques Cazotte (1719-1792).
The drawing is in its original carved gilt frame surmounted by a pair of quills and bound by laurel leaves, alluding to the sitter's profession.

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