Mar 04, 2021 - Sale 2560

Sale 2560 - Lot 4

Price Realized: $ 5,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Études de Figures (Faust et Méphistophélès).

Pencil on cream wove paper, circa 1825-27. 202x318 mm; 8x12 1/2 inches. With the artist's red ink stamp (Lugt 838a, lower center recto).

Exhibited "French Drawings: Post Neo-Classicism," P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London. February 20-March 27, 1975 (illustrated).

Ex-collection the artist's estate, sold February 17-29, 1864, Paris; with Sven Bruntjen, San Francisco; private collection, New York.

The figure studies on the right side of the sheet are for Delacroix's (1798-1863) Méphistophélès appraissant à Faust, lithograph, 1826-27, from Faust (see Delteil 62; Delacroix made a series of 18 lithographs for Goethe's legendary tragedy). He created an oil painting of the same composition as the lithograph, for his printer-publisher Charles Miotte, which was exhibited at the Salon of 1827, Paris, and is now in the Wallace Collection, London.