Pierre-Nicolas Brisset (Paris 1810 - 1890)

The Head of a Choirboy

Red, black and white chalk on blue paper.
Signed and dedicated à l’ami manguin / Pre Brisset at the lower left.
Further inscribed and dated Rome / 1844 at the upper left.
272 x 204 mm. (10 3/4 x 8 in.)


The present sheet is dedicated by the artist to a M. Manguin, possibly the architect Pierre Manguin (1815-1869), who was responsible for the design of the Hôtel de la Païva in Paris, where Brisset also worked. The drawing later belonged to the art historian Marie-Madeleine Aubrun (1924-1998), a noted scholar of 19th century French painting, who published articles and catalogues on the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage, Achille and Léon Benouville, Gustave Boulanger, Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny, Pierre-Athanase Chauvin, Alexandre Desgoffe, Jules Dupré, Henri Lehmann and others.

Given by the artist to a M. Manguin [Pierre Manguin, Paris?]
Marie-Madeleine Aubrun, Paris
Her posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 8-9 February 1999, lot 129.

Pierre-Nicolas BRISSET

The Head of a Choirboy


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