Support: Off-white wove paper
Sheet: 30.9 x 21.9 cm (12 3/16 x 8 5/8 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Williams Collection 1951.483
Around the time this drawing was made, its subject, Victoria Dubourg, became engaged to the artist Henri Fantin-Latour, also a friend of Degas.
This drawing is one of several studies that Edgar Degas created for a painted portrait of the artist Victoria Dubourg, now in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. Here, Degas concentrated on the facial expression of Dubourg, known for her still-lifes of flowers. Attempting to precisely render Dubourg's direct gaze, Degas drew her eyes in greater detail, even adding an additional sketch along the sheet's upper margin.
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