William Bouguereau (1825-1905) : man in toga,
(for a composition Saint-Louis passing Judgment)
original drawing in pencil on slighty tinted paper, heightened with white chalk.
Dry mark in the paper. Circa 1859-1860;
According to the specialist of William Bouguereau, Louise d'Argencourt, this drawing is a preparatory study for a composition "Saint-Louis rendant la justice" for the Chapel Saint-Louis in Sainte Clotilde Church in Paris, commissionned by the City of Paris ; it was the first attempt by Bouguereau to treat a religious subject in the context of a whole project which was under the supervision of the painter François Picot.
In its old frame.
Dimensions: 46 x 30.5 cm (18 x 12 in.)
Provenance: family of the artist, in direct line
Certificate of authenticity by Louise d'Argencourt
Source bibliographique : William Bouguereau, Catalogue Raisonné of his Painted Work, by Damien Bartoli, with Frederick C. Ross, Antique Collector's Club, NY 2010 .2 vol.
See : William Bouguereau 1825-1905 catalogue of the exhibition Musée du Petit-Palais 9 fév.-6 mai 1984, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal 22 juin-23 sept 1984, The Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford 27 oct.-13 jan. 1985 par Louise d'Argencourt page 86.
William Bouguereau Man In A Toga Antique Drawing 19th C