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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    The Wrestlers; two men wrestling, seen from back and side Black chalk on light blue paper, squared for transfer

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1839-1907
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 298 millimetres
    • Width: 287 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Initialled in black chalk, and inscribed in pen and ink: "Lutteurs"
  • Curator's comments

    Label text (added 2003): Rodolphe Julian is best known for the Academy he founded in 1873 which provided training for the École des Beaux-Arts and for the Salon. Its enormous popularity forced him to abandon painting and concentrate on teaching and administration. His work had previously been shown at the Salon des Refusés in 1863 and at the Salon from 1865. The present study was formerly in the collection of Léon Cogniet, Julian's first teacher.


  • Location

    Not on display (French Roy XIXc)

  • Exhibition history

    1996, BM, French Drawings from the BM, (no cat.)

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    31 March 1995

    Reason for treatment

    Recent Acquisition

    Treatment proposal

    Lift without damaging mount. Remove adhesive and flatten. To be reattached to mount. Discuss further with MRK. Hinge secondary support to overthrow mount.


    Adhered around edges to card with a solid card window mount, [window 1mm larger than drawing except at top edge]. Fragment of black book cloth down left edge of mount. Drawing is badly cockled.

    Treatment details

    Attempt to lift drawing leaving mount intact was unsuccessful. Humidification using Gore-Tex and capillary matting, and the Preservation Pencil steamer on top left edge of drawing had no effect. After discussion with MRK decision was made to leave drawing on 19thC mount and hinge to mount with a deep bevel.

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  • Acquisition notes

    This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era. This drawing passed by descent in the family of Léon Cogniet, until it was acquired by Frederick J. Cummings.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


The Wrestlers; two men wrestling, seen from back and side Black chalk on light blue paper, squared for transfer


The Wrestlers; two men wrestling, seen from back and side Black chalk on light blue paper, squared for transfer

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