Antoine BERANGER (Paris 1785 - Sevres 1867)
Children Playing a Game
Pen and brown ink, heightened with white, on light brown paper, made up at the top edge. A study of several male and female figures in pen and brown ink, heightened with white, on the verso, backed. Formerly inscribed Antoine Béranger on the former mount.147 x 270 mm. (5 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.) [image]168 x 270 mm. (6 5/8 x 10 5/8 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
As a draughtsman, Antoine Béranger often worked in a distinctive technique of pen and ink and white gouache on brown paper. Among other examples of drawings of genre subjects by Béranger in this distinctive technique is The Conjurer (L’Escamoteur), in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh; a drawing which once belonged to Georges Haumont, a curator at the Sèvres museum. Drawings by Béranger are quite rare, and the largest extant group, numbering around twenty sheets, is today in the collection of the Musée Nationale de Céramique in Sèvres.
Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 24 November 1993, lot 97Kate de Rothschild, London, in 2001Private collection, USA.
Michael Clarke, Poussin to Seurat: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland, exhibition catalogue, Edinburgh, 2010, p.16, under no.3; Paris, Marty de Cambiaire, Tableaux et Dessins / Paintings & Drawings, exhibition catalogue, 2016, pp.96 and 145, under no.34.