The Drawing Lesson François-André Vincent (French; 1746–1816) 1777 Brush and brown wash over graphite on cream laid paper, laid down, with a framing line in brown ink National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Study for the figure of Mars: “Les Armes de la France portées par
Mars et Neptune,” ceiling decoration (voussoir) of the Salle du Conseil
d'Etat, Musée du Louvre Merry Joseph Blondel (French; 1781–1853) 1826–7 Pencil and estompe heightened with chalk on blue paper Musée du Louvre, Paris
Architectural Fantasy: A Circular Temple on a Truncated Pyramid Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain (French; 1715–1759) ca. mid-18th century Brush and gray and brown wash, over black chalk on off-white laid paper Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York
François Boucher (French; 1703–1770) Venus appuyée sur son cher Adonis = Venus Leaning on Her Beloved Adonis Black and white chalk on faded blue laid paper, 1767 National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Phaedra Rejecting the Embraces of Theseus Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (French; 1767–1824) ca. 1800 Pencil, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white gouache J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
PHAEDRA I am unworthy of pleasing you or being near you. I can henceforth only hide myself from you. THESEUS What is this strange welcome you give your father? HIPPOLYTUS Only Phaedra can explain the mystery. (Racine, Phaedra, Act III)
Shepherdess Piping to a Shepherd François Boucher (French; 1703–1770) ca. 1760 Red and black chalks on brownish paper watermarked with a winged, lion-like beast Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York
Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain (French; 1715–1759) Architectural Fantasy with Fountain and Obelisk Black chalk, brush and gray wash on off-white laid paper, ca. 1745 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York