François Boucher

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François Boucher
Young Woman in Classical Dress
Black and white chalk, on gray-blue paper, altered to brown.
13 11/16 x 8 11/16 inches (348 x 222 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978.
Camille Groult (1832-1908); J. Groult; sale, Paris, Georges Petit, 21-22 June 1920, lot 130; Thomas Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London; Dr. C.R. Rudolf (Lugt S. 2811b); his sale, London, Sotheby's, 21 May 1963, lot 50, repr.; N.L.H. Roesler, New York; acquired from Mrs. Charles E. Slatkin, New York.

Alexandre Ananoff, L'Oeuvre desinné de Françios Boucher (1703-1770), Paris, 1966, no. 755.
Françios Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, exh. cat. by Regine Shoolman Slatkin, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Art Institute of Chicago, 1973-1974, no. 81, repr.
Alexandre Ananoff, with the collaboration of Daniel Wildenstein, "François Boucher", 2 vols., Lausanne and Paris, 1976, I, p. 304, under no. 186, fig. 590 (as formerly in the collection of C.R. Rudolph, London)
Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 50, repr.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 55, repr.
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. 6, repr. in color.


Watermark: none visible through lining.
This sheet is possibly a study for the figure of Rodogune, the Parthian princess in Corneille's tragedy. A drawing illustrating Boucher's design for the frontispiece of Corneille's "Rodogune" is also in the collection of the Library (Acc. No. III, 104a).

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Groult, Camille, 1832-1908, former owner.
Groult, Jean, 1868-1951, former owner.
Rudolf, C. R. (C. Robert), former owner.
Roesler, N. L. H., former owner.
Slatkin, Charles E., Mrs., former owner.
Corneille, Pierre, 1606-1684. Rodogune.

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