Early 19th Century French Neoclassical Charcoal Drawing of Caryatid with Oar

Regular price $125.00

This drawing came from a portfolio of academic charcoal drawings, dated between 1800-1813, discovered in Paris by a Belgian seller, who I purchased this one from. Especially because of the oar she is holding (which makes me especially love this), I believe the drawing may be based on a late 17th century caryatid by Raphael painted below the fresco of 'The Meeting between Leo the Great and Attila' in the Stanza di Eliodoro in the Vatican, who is generally interpreted as representing Marine.

Whatever the case, it is quite a finely done drawing, which remains in very fine condition. I love how strong and powerful she looks, and also a bit disdainful, as if a champion rower looking askance at her lesser competitors! This is one that I think would be especially wonderful to live with, looking at it whenever a bit of confidence or motivation is needed. It would also make a fabulous gift for for your favorite oarswoman, or kick-ass woman of any sort!

18 3/8" t x 12" wide. Very good condition; some scattered light dirt, minor, a little wear around the edges and very minor traces of wrinkling, and two tiny holes in the top corners. The back shows a bit of charcoal, likely from another drawing it was stacked atop; there is no foxing anywhere. Really great. Photos show the paper as a bit yellower than it is; it is really pretty bright white.  Shipped flat.