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French School
18th century
Portrait of a Woman
Black chalk on paper.
8 3/10 x 5 9/10 inches (210 x 149 mm)
Gift of an anonymous donor.
2009.395
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On verso, in graphite, at upper left, "9083".

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Possibly attributed to Thomas Lawrence (Bristol 1769-1830 London)
Possibly attributed to Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842 Paris)
The artist who made this drawing remains unknown, though attributions to Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris 1755-1842 Paris) and to Thomas Lawrence (Bristol 1769-1830 London) have been suggested. Similar drawings include a portrait of Mary Hamilton by Lawrence recently acquired by the British Museum and the self-portrait by Vigée Le Brun in the Morgan's collection (1955.8). The drawing appears to be a portrait study of a contemporary of the artist.

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