french draftsmen

Paysage italien = Italian Landscape
Achille Bénouville (French; 1815–1891)
Gouache and watercolor on paper
Le Petit Palais, Paris, France

Portrait of Étienne-Maurice Falconet
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger (French; 1716–1778)
Black, red, and white chalk, with stumping
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Plage à marée basse = Beach at Low Tide
Edgar Degas (French; 1834–1917)
Pastel on buff-colored wove paper
Sotheby’s, New York

Executed at Divers-sur-Mer, Calvados, during Degas’s travels with Édouard Manet.

Facade for a Church with a Sculpture Representing Faith
Louis Gustave Taraval (French; 1739–1794)
ca. 1768
Pen and gray ink with gray and brown washes over black chalk on laid paper
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Portrait of Mme de Vermenoux
Louis Carmontelle (Frenc; 1717–1806)
ca. 1770s
Red and black chalk, with watercolor (on two conjoined sheets)
The British Museum, London | © Trustees of the British Museum

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.

Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French; 1704–1788)
Portrait of the Engraver Gravelot
Pastel on paper, 1769
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France; © Musée des Beaux-Arts – Mairie de Bordeaux; cliché: L. Gauthier