This drawing shows Célestin Nanteuil’s accomplishments as both a fine artist and illustrator. On one side, a couple converses, depicted in dense areas of ink—a practice Nanteuil learned from his friend, the author and artist Victor Hugo. Nanteuil scratched into these dark areas to create highlights. The back of the sheet features casually sketched vignettes, probably designed to accompany text in a book.

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  • Title: Seated Man and Woman
  • Creator: Célestin François Nanteuil (French, 1813-1873)
  • Date Created: c. 1830-60
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 25.8 x 19.8 cm (10 3/16 x 7 13/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Shepherd Gallery, New York, NY, Mr. Noah L. Butkin [1918-1980], Mrs. Muriel Butkin [1915-2008], the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2018.1064
  • Medium: pen and brown ink, watercolor and scoring (recto), pen and brown ink (verso) on medium weight wove paper
  • Inscriptions: On verso, on balloon, in brown ink: “LESCABICATI[?] / par / [?]”, bottom center, in brown ink: “Les [?] / [?] / La porte au [?] / [?] des [?] / L’argent [?]”
  • Fun Fact: Nanteuil was close friends with the writer and artist Victor Hugo, who influenced his work.
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 2018.1064

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