Inscribed in ink 40; in red ink 87
Signed and dated
- Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen, wash, watercolour 202 x 257, right-hand bottom corner section removed & replaced with a different sheet of paper under the drawing, composition completed in pencil and grey washes, possibly in a different hand; 4 corners trimmed diagonally
Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)
This composition is one of several larger drawings from a numbered set all having the sarcophagus as the theme. Another version of this drawing is found in Adam vol.56/102, also attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau, the two only differing in their foreground treatment, which in the current drawing depicts a variation on the trophies of Marius, also seen in Adam vol.56/101, but which are lacking in 56/102. The two compositions are closely related to a similar group, but slightly larger in size, among the Clérisseau drawings in The Hermitage (see Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820) Dessins du musée de l'Ermitage Saint-Petersbourg catalogue of exhibition held at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, pp.147, 158).There is a copy of this drawing by C J Richardson (1806-1871) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (P&D 93.G.8/45).
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