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Oct 28, 2008

Woman in Profile, Turned to the Left

Woman in Profile, Turned to the Left


Henri-Pierre Danloux

(French, 1753–1809)

Charcoal and black chalk with stumping on off-white laid paper, signed in brown ink

Support: Cream laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper and overmounted with a period French mount

Sheet: 23.7 x 20.7 cm (9 5/16 x 8 1/8 in.); Secondary Support: 30.9 x 28.9 cm (12 3/16 x 11 3/8 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.387



Danloux worked in Lyon from 1783 to 1784, specializing in profile portraits. Based on the date inscribed on the drawing, this unidentified young woman may have been a member of the aristocracy in that city. Danloux combined black lines with stumping—a method of blurring the powdery drawing media with a tightly rolled piece of cloth or leather—to achieve a greater range of textures and tones.

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