Sampans, 1839 – Bellevue, 1900
Study of a woman for “The Passage of Venus”
250 x 350 cm – 9 13/16 x 13 3/4 in.
Pencil on paper.
Cachet de la signature J. Machard (L. 5030) en bas au milieu.
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 is probably preparatory to The Passage of Venus before the Sun, which the artist exhibited at the 1877 Salon.