Watercolor, gouache and graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 11.2 x 15.6 cm (4 7/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2018.1062
Although he was French, Delaroche became famous for painting scenes from English history.
This drawing relates to Paul Delaroche’s interest in scenes from English history. Rejecting the lofty subjects promoted by the French Academy, including ancient history, mythology, and the bible, Delaroche appealed to popular taste with comparatively contemporary images. Here, a group of women in attire probably dating from around the 17th century gather around a fireplace within a lavishly decorated domestic setting.
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