Sampans, 1839 – Bellevue, 1900
Studies of putti
290 x 335 mm – 11 7/16 x 13 3/16 in.
Pencil on grey paper.
Stamped signature J. Machard (L. 5030) lower left.
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 angel studies is probably preparatory to the decoration of one of the ceilings of Montagu House Castle, made between 1876 and 1878.