Sampans, 1839 – Bellevue, 1900
Angels’ studies in two tondi
265 x 210 mm – 10 7/16 x 8 1/4 in.
Pencil on paper.
Stamped signature J. Machard (L. 5030) lower right.
This drawing belongs to a set of 85 drawings from the studio of Jules Machard presented by Drawings-online. Read our focus on the artist.
On his return from Rome in 1874, Jules Machard was invited to London by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleugh, who commissioned three paintings for the ceilings of Montagu House Castle. These works, of mythological subjects, represented Psyche returned to Love, Psyche carried off by Zephyr and the Passage of Venus before the Sun.
This sketch of a study of cherubs in two tondi is probably preparatory for the decoration of one of the ceilings of the Montagu House Castel made between 1876 and 1878.