Nov 14, 2012
Oct 28, 2008

Head of a Young Girl Turning toward the Right

Head of a Young Girl Turning toward the Right


attributed to François Hubert Drouais

(French, 1727–1775)

Black chalk, with stumping

Support: Brown-beige laid paper

Sheet: 29.6 x 25 cm (11 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.397



Although once attributed to the painter Louis Tocqué (1696-1772), this beautiful drawing of a young girl is closer to the work of another important portraitist of the 1700s, François-Hubert Drouais. The inscription at the lower left identifies the girl as a certain Marie-Thérèse, but this writing was probably added later, and we have no way of knowing for certain who she is.

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