Jean-Louis-Marie Prudhomme

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Jean-Louis-Marie Prudhomme
1752-1830
Religious Scene with Figure Receiving the Habit
Pen and brown ink and wash, watercolor over black chalk on laid paper.
5 3/4 x 14 1/16 inches (145 x 358 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
2009.259A
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Inscribed at lower right in pen and black ink:JL Prudhomme

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Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. C0081), as "Jean-Louis-Marie Prudhomme."
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This watercolor, originally mounted on a single mat with 2009.259B but now separate, entered the Morgan Library & Museum under the name Jean-Louis-Marie Prudhomme. Nothing is known of Prudhomme as an artist, though he was a renowned librarian and journalist during the French Revolution. He narrowly escaped execution during the Reign of Terror because of his pro-royalist writings. These two highly finished watercolors were perhaps preparatory for one of Prudhomme's many publications. The scene depicted in this drawing features a kneeling young man receiving a black habit from a monk in a landscape.

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