This is so beautiful!
Absolute innocence, 3 sisters, one of them an Angel, embracing in the light, against a menacing area of darkness.
The piece is from the late 18th Century, and the time of the French Revolution. Circa 1780-1800.
It is signed "M Bellot" or "Ballard" in the lower right corner.
The 3 girls are hugging in what looks like a prison. The deep darkness on the right symbolically representing their fate.
They are very likely the daughters of aristocrats who were imprisoned at the time, and whose story had become a legend.
The 2 girls on the right have hairdos and clothing hinting to this, while the one on the left is obviously a young nun.
A very rare artwork with the most endearing characters and the depth of History!
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 14" Width: 11". (35.5 cm) by (28 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition. No loss. Sunlight has left beige traces on the left, horizontally and vertically, which are visible, but not immediately noticeable when one looks at the artwork.
The drawing was applied to a second layer of artist's paper at some point, and charcoal was probably fixed again in the 20th Century.
Will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris (5-7 days) under thick layers of cardboard, fully insured and with signature at delivery.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * MORE ANTIQUE DRAWINGS IN MY FINE ART/Antique CATEGORY* * * * * * * * * * * * *