Sampans, 1839 – Bellevue, 1900
Study of a reclining woman (recto-verso) for the ceiling «Le passage de Vénus»
209 x 267 mm – 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.
Pen and black ink 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 study of a woman would be preparatory for The Passage of Venus before the Sun which the artiste exhibited at the 1877 Salon.