Désiré-François LAUGÉE (Maromme 1823 - Paris 1896)

Portrait of a Woman Sold

Charcoal, heightened with white. Laid down.
Signed, inscribed and dated D. Laugée / Londres / 1872 at the right centre.
323 x 265 mm. (12 3/4 x 10 3/8 in.) [image]
343 x 293 mm. (13 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.) [sheet]

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Drawn during a visit to London in 1872, this striking portrait may be grouped with a handful of similar drawings of the same date and technique by Laugée. These include a closely comparable charcoal portrait of a woman, possibly depicting the same sitter (who is identified as a ‘Mrs. Clover’), which was on the art market in London in 1981 and is now in a private collection, while a similar portrait drawing of an elderly woman - signed, dated and inscribed ‘London / Jany 1871’ – is today in a private collection in London. Also alike in style and handling is a charcoal portrait drawing of Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton of Knebworth of 1872, in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Provenance:
Paul Magriel, New York
Robert S. Pirie, New York.

Désiré-François LAUGÉE

Portrait of a Woman

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