(French, c. 1746–c. 1800)
Black chalk counterproof
Sheet: 20.3 x 17.5 cm (8 x 6 7/8 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2018.41
This portrait bust is a counterproof: the reverse image of a composition, made by placing blank paper on top of a drawing and transferring the design with pressure. Eighteenth-century artists frequently made counterproofs of their drawings to replicate their work. This process also enabled them to experience how their images would appear if they were reproduced as prints.
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