Henri-Léopold LÉVY (Nancy 1840 - Paris 1904)
Study of a Female Nude
Red chalk, with stumping, on buff paper.
Numbered 255 on a printed oval label pasted onto the verso.
427 x 447 mm. (16 3/4 x 17 5/8 in.)
This large drawing is a preparatory figure study for the pose of an angel placing a laurel wreath on the head of the seated Charlemagne in Lévy’s mural painting of Charlemagne Receiving the Keys of the Holy Sepulchre from the Ambassadors of Caliph Harun al-Rashid, painted in 1881 for the Panthéon in Paris.
The first or second sales of the contents of the studio of Henri Lévy; Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 2-3 March 1905 or Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 29 November 1905, with the vente stamp (Lugt 1675) at the lower centre.