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Lot 122: Thomas Couture Senlis 1815 - 1879 Villiers-le-Bel , recto : study of a dead soldier verso : the lower half of a study of a male nude black chalk on light blue paper ( recto and verso ) numbered in black chalk, verso : 24

Old Master Drawings

by Sotheby's

July 4, 2007

London, United Kingdom

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Description: black chalk on light blue paper ( recto and verso ) numbered in black chalk, verso : 24

Notes: PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THE LATE JEAN MONTAGUE MASSENGALE
Couture's painting 1815, which was destroyed during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, was intended as a denunciation of the corruption of the Napoleonic era. Judging from the oil sketch which records the original composition, this drawing of a dead soldier appears to be a study for a figure in the foreground.υ1 1. A. Boime, Thomas Couture and the Eclectic Vision, New Haven 1980, IX.90

Provenance: Purchased, New York, Sotheby's, 23 January 2001, lot 366

Dimensions: measurements note 299 by 432mm

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