François Watteau, called Watteau de Lille (Valenciennes 1758 – Lille 1823): "Study of an elegant, sitting in profile, looking off to the left"
261 x 191 mm
Inscribed on the recto in pen and brown ink: "Dessin de Watteau fils. Sortant du carton, du dit vendu salle Drouot le 22 fév. 1819."
Engraved by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas
Bibliography: Gaëtane Maës, "Les Watteau de Lille", Arthena, Paris 1998, p. 431, n° FD 106
The present sheet was executed during the artist’s Parisian sojourn. Well-known for his drawings since at least 1782, he was hired by the publishers Esnault and Rapilly who founded the first daily dedicated to fashion, called "La Gallerie des modes et costumes français" (1778-1787). Very few studies executed by François for this ambitious project seem to have survived. The present sheet, which was engraved before 1783 by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas for the sixtieth volume of La Gallerie, is a rare exception.
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