Judith by Jules Machard


Jules Machard

Sampans, 1839 – Bellevue, 1900


205 x 152 mm – 8 1/16 x 5 63/64 in.

Pencil on paper.

Stamped signature J. Machard (L. 5030) lower right.

Several brown wash stains on the leaf and red wash on the bottom 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.


This drawing is a study for the figure of Judith preparing to behead Holofernes, a subject for which we have no trace of pictorial production today. A study of this subject was presented at the exhibition in Dole in 2003 (cf. Virginie Frelin et Elisabeth Coulon, Jules Machard, le culte de la ligne, exhibition catalogue, 4 April to 15 June 2003, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole, fig. 5, p. 23).