french draftsmen

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

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

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

Claude Lorrain (French; 1604–1682)
Landscape with Apollo and Mercury
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
The British Museum, London | © Trustees of the British Museum

From Claude’s Liber Veritatis (1635–82)

Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French; 1758–1823)
Psyche Trying to Prevent Cupid from Leaving
Pen and black ink, grey wash, with charcoal, heightened with white, on two joined pieces of buff paper, ca.1784
British Museum, London; © The Trustees of the British Museum

Design for a Title Page
Félix Duban (French; 1797–1870), attributed to
undated
Pen and ink, brush and grey ink, and grey wash over graphite sketch
The British Museum, London | © Trustees of the British Museum

Merry Joseph Blondel (French; 1781–1853)
Study for the figure of Neptune: “Les Armes de la France portées par Mars et Neptune,” ceiling decoration (voussoir) of the Salle du Conseil d’Etat, Musée du Louvre
Pencil and estompe heightened with chalk on blue paper, 1826–27
Musée du Louvre, Paris; photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre) / Thierry Le Mage

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)

Alexander Ceding Campaspe to Apelles
Jérôme-Martin Langlois (French; 1779–1838)
1819
Black and white chalk, gray washes, heightened with white gouache
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Homage to a Hero
Fermin Perlin (French; 1747–1783)
1772
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, watercolors, white gouache, graphite on cream paper
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York

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

Claude Lorrain (French; 1604–1682)
Pastoral Landscape with the Ponte Molle
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper, n.d
The British Museum, London; © Trustees of the British Museum

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

Jean-Achille Benouville (French; 1815–1891)
Italian Landscape
Brush drawing in brown wash on brown paper, heightened with white, over graphite, 1854
The British Museum, London; © The Trustees of the British Museum

Claude Lorrain (French; 1604–1682)
Landscape with Country Dance
Pen and brown ink with brown and gray washes, 1640–41
The British Museum, London; © Trustees of the British Museum

Claude Lorrain (French; 1604–1682)
Landscape with Apollo and Mercury
1666
Pen and brown ink with grey and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
The British Museum, London | © Trustees of the British Museum

From Claude’s Liber Veritatis (1635–82)

Mesdemoiselles Royer (the three daughters of Pancrace Royer, composer of the ballet “Zaïde”)
Louis de Carmontelle (French; 1717–1806)
1760
Gouache
Musée Carnavalet, Paris