Alphonse Legros (1837 - 1911)

Portrait of a Young Boy Sold

Pencil on paper.
Signed and dated A. Legros / 1902 at the upper right.
326 x 247 mm. (12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

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Writing shortly after the artist’s death, one friend recalled that ‘Legros’s habit during the years I knew him was to work, if possible, once a week from the living model, a discipline which he declared necessary to maintain efficiency; and not the least arduous of Madame Legros’s duties was to be on the pounce for some child or old labourer who would sit on Sundays as a model for a gold-point or lithograph.’

The sitter of this portrait drawing was a boy by the name of W(illiam?) Whittington.

Provenance:
By descent in the family of the sitter.

Alphonse LEGROS

Portrait of a Young Boy

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