Antoine Watteau

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Antoine Watteau
1684-1721
A Member of the Persian Embassy
1715
Red and black chalk.
11 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches (292 x 146 mm)
Thaw Collection.
2000.54

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On 7 February 1715, the Persian envoy Mehmet Reza Bey and his retinue arrived in Paris to pay a visit to Louis xiv. The visit had great resonance in the city. Watteau sketched many of the members of the embassy during their six-month stay, vividly portraying their exotic clothing in drawings of red and black chalk. He drew this slender young man with a thin mustache wearing a peaked fur-trimmed cap and cloak at least twice. A second sheet with the same man seated on a chair is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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Claire-Amélie Masson (according to back of old mount); Mme. Chauffard, Paris, 1939; Mme. Ader Picard Tajan; sale, Paris, Palais Galliéra, 7 December 1971, no. 5, repr.; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw.
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