Sampans, 1839 – Bellevue, 1900
Study of head and bust of young man with arm raised
312 x 199 mm – 12 5/16 x 7 13/16 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 studies is said to be preparatory to the decoration of one of the ceilings of Montagu House Castle, made between 1876 and 1878.