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Sketchbook consisting of 51 leaves with figure studies from life and the Antique, composition studies for, or after, paintings and landscapes (for a full description, see register).
Graphite, pen and ink, watercolour
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- Curator's comments
- Lit: Chris Michaelides, 'Between "Peinture archéologique" and "Poésie de la Vie": Eugène Carrière, 1876-1879, and the British Museum Sketchbook', Gazette des Beaux Arts, 6e période, CXXXII, 1998, pp.277-96.
Michaelides dates the contents of the album to 1876-79, connecting various folios to particular works, including 3 verso with the painting of "Edith recovering the Body of King Harold" (whereabouts unknown), 18 verso with the painting of "Priam asking Achilles for the Body of Hector" (Pau, Musée national du Château), 19 recto with "The Young Mother" (Musée Calvet, Avignon) and 5 recto as of the artist's daughter Elise, his children often serving him as models for finished paintings. Connections are also made with works by English artists of the period, when the artist visited England 1877-78, as well as with contemporary works in France. The sketchbook documents his progress after the competition for the 1876 Prix de Rome.
NB. 10 loose leaves acquired with the album, interleaved at random, are kept mounted Royal XIX century and registered under the same number with suffixes b-j. Folio 42 has been extracted, and is kept mounted.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995-6, BM, Recent Acquisitions.
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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.
- Prints and Drawings
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