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Valenciennes 1684–1721 Paris

Study of Two Persian Diplomats

Numbered, lower center, 107, and on verso, 396

Red, black, and white chalk on beige laid paper affixed to the remains of an old, blue mount¹

17 ¹⁄₁₆ x 9 ⁷⁄₁₆ inches

433 x 240 mm


Bourguignon de Fabregoules, Aix-en-Provence; sold with his entire collection around 1840 to

Charles-Joseph-Barthélémi Giraud (1802-1882), Aix-en-Provence and Paris, as of

circa 1840; given with the rest of his collection to the banker

Paul Flury-Hérard, Paris (Lugt 1015; his mark on lower right with the number 540 inscribed in brown ink)

Marquis Philippe de Chennevières (1820-1899), Paris (Lugt 2072 or 2073 ; his mark at

lower left) (his sale:  Paris, 4-7 April 1900, one of 16 drawings in lot 521 [six sheets sold for 365 francs to Ducrey; ten sheets sold for 450 francs to Ducrey])

Henri Michel-Lévy, Paris (his sale: Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 12-13 May 1919, lot 137 [5,000 francs to Paul Helleu])

Paul Helleu (1859-1927), Paris

Charles Templeton Crocker, San Francisco, by descent to his widow

Helene Irwin Crocker Fagan, San Francisco, until 1955

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of Helene Irwin Crocker Fagan (inv. 35.1955), until 2007

W. M. Brady & Co., New York, 2007

Private collection, New York


Oakland, Mills College Art Gallery, and Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, Old Master Drawings, 1937-1938, cat. no. 106, illustrated (catalogue by A. Neumeyer)

Berkeley, University of California Art Museum, Master Drawings from California Collections, 1968, cat. no. 21, pl. 98

New York, The Frick Collection, and Ottawa, The National Gallery of Canada,

Watteau and His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750, 1999-2000, p. 26, pp. 114-115, cat. no. 12, illustrated (catalogue by A. Wintermute)

New York, W. M. Brady & Co., Old Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, 22 January-14 February 2008, cat. no. 16, illustrated

New York, The Morgan Library and Museum, Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso, 1 June–8 September 2015, n.c., checklist no. 3.2


P. de Chennevières, “Une collection de dessins d’artistes français,” in L’Artiste, 1894, chapter II, pp. 189-190

K. T. Parker, The Drawings of Antoine Watteau, London, 1931, p. 20

K. T. Parker and J. Mathey, Antoine Watteau: Catalogue complet de son oeuvre

dessiné, 2 vols., Paris, 1957, II, no. 797, illustrated

C. van Hasselt, Le Dessin français de Claude à Cezanne dans les collections hollandaises…, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Institut néerlandais, and Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Prentenkabinet, 1964, p. 39, under cat. no. 42

P. Hattis, Four Centuries of French Drawings, San Francisco, 1977, p. 207, cat. no. 184, illustrated p. 211

M. Sérullaz, “Deux dessins de Watteau” in La Revue du Louvre et des Musées de France, vol. 31, 1981, no. 1, pp. 31-32, note 8

M. Roland-Michel, Watteau: An Artist of the Eighteenth Century, London, 1984,

p. 134

M. Morgan Grasselli, The Drawings of Antoine Watteau: Stylistic Development

and Problems of Chronology, doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, 1987, p. 170, cat.  no. 131, fig. 163

M. Morgan Grasselli, “New Observations on Some Watteau Drawings,” in F. Moreau and M. Morgan Grasselli, (eds.), Antoine Watteau (1684-1721): Le peintre, son temps et sa légende, Paris and Geneva, 1987, pp. 185, 194, note 13

P. Rosenberg and L.-A. Prat, Antoine Watteau 1684-1721: Catalogue

raisonné des dessins, Milan, 1996, I, pp. 452-53, cat. no. 287, illustrated

L.-A. Prat (with the collaboration of L. Lhinares), Histoire des

collections du Musée du Louvre:  La Collection Chennevières. Quatres siècles de

dessins français, Paris, 2007, pp. 66, 238, 716, cat. no. 79

L.-A. Prat, Le dessin français au XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 2017, p. 41



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