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Landscape with two children playing before a mill; study for the etching in reverse by Crozat de Thiers. c.1759
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Height: 167 millimetres
Width: 228 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- There is an impression of Crozat de Thiers's etching at Charlottenburg Castle (information from Alastair Laing; a photograph is in the file). Prior to the discovery of this print, the drawing was sold in 1989 at Christie's as 'Circle of Boucher'. A related black chalk landscape with the same buildings is in the Albertina, Vienna (12192; no. 91 in 2003 Boucher catalogue).
Another drawing by Boucher with a similar composition is in the Albertina, Vienna (inv.12192), and was engraved by Jean Hoüel (1735-1813) in 1759 (P. Jean-Richard, 'L'oeuvre gravé de François Boucher dans la Collection Edmond de Rothschild', Paris, 1978, no.1079). For further information on this, see 'Jean Hoüel (Rouen 1735- Paris 1813)', exh. cat. Rouen, Musée des Beaux-Arts (Cabinet des Dessins, Cahier no.6), 2001, no. 4; A. Laing, in exhib. cat., New York, Frick collection and Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, 'The drawings of François Boucher', 2003, under no. 91, p. 230
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 May-Sep BM, P&D, 'Paper Assets' (no cat.)
2004 Sep-Dec, London, Wallace Collection, 'The Art of Boucher: Landscapes'
2005 Jan-Mar, Co. Durham, Bowes Museum, 'The Art of Boucher: Landscapes'
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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.
Purchased with a contribution of PDS 5000 from the Newton Charitable Trust.
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