- Museum number
The Wrestlers; two men wrestling, seen from back and side
Black chalk on light blue paper, squared for transfer
- Production date
- 1879 (about)
Height: 298 millimetres
Width: 287 millimetres
- 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.
Julian's interest in wrestling led to his being asked to provide illustrations for Léon Cladel's novel about a Roman gladiator, 'Ompdrailles, le tombeau des lutteurs', 1879 and although none of them correspond to this drawing, it is possible that it dates from around this period.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996, BM, French Drawings from the BM, (no cat.)
- Acquisition date
- 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.
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