Sep 16, 2010
Sep 16, 2010

Study of Hands (recto); Sketch of a Hand (verso)

Study of Hands (recto); Sketch of a Hand (verso)


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Pierre Lenfant

(French, 1704–1787)

Red and black chalk heightened with white chalk

Sheet: 20.1 x 20.4 cm (7 15/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Gift of Victor Spark, New York 1946.447



After Pierre Lenfant served as the official battlefield artist to King Louis XV in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748), he and his family were awarded a lifetime residence at the royal Gobelins Manufactory on the outskirts of Paris. This delicate study in colored chalks may depict a weaver pulling threads in the textile factory.

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