Jacques-François-Joseph SWEBACH-DESFONTAINES (Metz 1769 - Paris 1823)
Elegant Figures Preparing to go Riding
Pencil on laid paper.
139 x 143 mm. (5 1/2 x 5 5/8 in.)
Throughout his career, Swebach-Desfontaines was particularly admired for his paintings, drawings and engravings of equestrian subjects. A painting of a similar subject, dated 1819, is in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, while a related drawing is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orléans.
An unknown (19th century?) French auction, as lot 263 (‘Swebach…Amazone et Cavalier. Dessin à la mine de plomb.’)
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s South Kensington, 21 April 1998, lot 319
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 1999.