Standing Woman Holding a Spindle, and Head of a Woman in Profile to Right, Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne), Two shades of red chalk

Standing Woman Holding a Spindle, and Head of a Woman in Profile to Right

Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
early 18th century
Two shades of red chalk
6 7/16 x 4 13/16 in. (16.4 x 12.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequeathed by Anne D. Thomson, 1923
Accession Number:
Not on view
Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (British), acquired between 1774 and 1778, according to A.T. Hazen (A Catalogue of Horace Walpole's Library, 1959, p. 141, under no. 3567). The drawing is not mentioned in his inventory or specified among the Watteau drawings in the sale of his collection, but in following sales the sheet is referred to as "from Strawberry Hill."; Anne Damer; Lord Waldegrave , maybe his sale, London, Robins ("The Valuable Contents of Strawberry Hill"), May 24 - June 13, 1842, part of no. 1266/43 - 48.; Graves (British), according to Grasselli, 1984-1985.; Charles Sackville Bale (British), his sale, Christie's London, June 10, 1881, lot 2502 ("a woman with a Distaff and a Female Head, red chalk - from Strawberry Hill"); John Postle Heseltine (British), acquired by 1900.; Donor: Anne D. Thomson (American)
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