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An Elegant Woman Seated in Profile Holding a Card

François-Louis-Joseph Watteau18th century

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum

This is the Library's first drawing by Watteau de Lille, son and student of the painter Louis Watteau, himself a nephew of the great rococo artist Antoine. After studying in Paris he returned to Lille, succeeding his father as director of the city's school of drawing and eventually becoming assistant curator of the Musě des Beaux-Arts, Lille. The drawing is a study for an illustration in the Galerie des modes et costumes franȧis, published in 1787. The Galerie is considered the first publication devoted exclusively to fashion and was illustrated with 445 plates engraved after drawings by such artists as Pierre-Thomas Leclerc and Augustin de Saint-Aubin. Between 1784 and 1787 Watteau contributed 118 illustrations for which fewer than 30 drawings survive.

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  • Title: An Elegant Woman Seated in Profile Holding a Card
  • Creator: François Watteau
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 10 9/16 x 8 1/4 inches (268 x 209 mm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Charles Ryskamp in memory of Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard, Trustee, 1974 to 1986, Trustee Emerita, 1986 to 2004.
  • Medium: Graphite on paper.


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