1841 or 1842
Pen and brown ink
Support: Cream modern laid paper, laid down on beige wove paper
Sheet: 16.4 x 29.2 cm (6 7/16 x 11 1/2 in.); Secondary Support: 28.4 x 42.9 cm (11 3/16 x 16 7/8 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.346
This sketch records a meeting of the jury of the Rome Prize, an annual award for promising students given by the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. The prize included a scholarship for several years of study in Rome amid treasures of ancient and Renaissance art. The Rome Prize long represented the first important step toward developing a solid official career as a painter in France. Although most of the men sketched here are unrecognizable, the one closest to the left appears to be the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). The identification allows us to correct the date of 1843 inscribed at the bottom of the drawing, for we know that Ingres did not participate as a jury member in 1843. Instead the sketch must date to 1841 or 1842.