With inscription 'Loutherbourg 100' (upper margin, verso)
Black chalk, with traces of red chalk, black chalk framing lines
309 x 419 mm. (12 1/8 x 16 in.)
The drawing of The courtyard of a farm with huntsmen is a preparatory study for a painting by Manglard1. The drawing is stylistically close to one in the Arts Institute of Chicago2 where the heavy lines emphasizing the margins of the picture (the Chicago drawing was for a print rather than a picture) have been repeated in our drawing. Three drawings in the Louvre3 by Manglard are also comparable. Adrien Manglard was a painter, draughtsman and etcher who worked in France and Italy. He is known principally for his marine paintings and being Claude Joseph Vernet's teacher. Manglard was the son of a painter, and the godson of Adrien van der Cabel (1631-1705). In 1715 Manglard went to Rome where he received training in the studio of Bernardino Fergione (1674-1738). Manglard was made an agre to the Acadmie Royale in Paris 1734 and a reu in 1736. He was accepted into the Accademia di San Lucca in Rome in 1735. The drawing was recently in the collection of Marcel Pueuch who was collecting after the Second World War. On his retirement in 1986 he gave a large part of his collection to the Muse Calvert, in Avignon.
1. Sold at Versailles, 27th November 1983, lot 97 (as School of Verdussen).
2. P. Rosenberg, French Master Drawings of the 17th & 18th Centuries in North American Collections, London, 1972, no. 88.
3. J. Guiffrey and P. Marcel, Inventaire Gnral des Dessins du Muse du Louvre et du Muse Versailles, Paris, 1921, vol. IX nos 9457-9.