Pierre Lelu
Paris 1741-1810 Paris
A Fountain Design with Three Female Figures

Signed P Lelu in pen and brown ink

Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark

376 x 232 mm. (14 x 9 1/8 in.)


Lelu exhibited at the Salon of 1793 for the only time. He showed a dozen scenes from mythology, classical history of the Bible. He was a pupil of Boucher and Vien. In 1761 he went to Italy and subsequently traveled to Spain and Portugal. He was in Marseilles in 1778, and in Italy again in 1789. He made portraits, altar-pieces and engravings after his own works.

A drawing of comparable subject and medium, and also signed, was sold at the Mason sale, Petit Palais, 7-8 May 1923, lot 119 (photo Witt Library).

His drawings are conserved in Stockholm and the Louvre.