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Head of a Young Woman Asleep

A work made of crayon-manner engraving in red-brown on ivory wove china paper with a laid pattern.
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  • A work made of crayon-manner engraving in red-brown on ivory wove china paper with a laid pattern.




Jean-Baptiste Lucien (French, c. 1748-1806)
after Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805)
published by François Étienne Joubert (French, 1787-1836)

About this artwork

Framed drawings came into vogue in 18th-century France during the Regency era of interior decoration. Their popularity spawned innovations in printmaking, unrivaled in technical sophistication, to create both original and reproductive prints that looked like drawings and satisfied the needs of the market. Roulettes and mattoirs, handheld tools with a cluster of fine-toothed ends, were devised to punch notches in metal plates so that, when inked and printed, the marks imitated the look of crumbly chalk on textured paper. Here, Jean-Baptiste Lucien used a red-brown ink to closely resemble the sanguine crayon used by Jean-Baptiste Greuze.


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Prints and Drawings


Jean-Baptiste Lucien


Head of a Young Woman Asleep


France (Artist's nationality)


Published 1787–1795


Crayon-manner engraving in red-brown on ivory wove China paper with a laid pattern


Signed, recto lower right, in plate: "J.B. Lucien Sculp. / No. 216"; inscribed, lower left, in plate: "Greuze Del."; lower left, bottom edge, in plate: "A Paris chez Chereau et Joubert rue des Mathurins aux 2 Piliers d'Or."


Image: 31.5 × 35.1 cm (12 7/16 × 13 7/8 in.); Plate: 35.7 × 35.8 cm (14 1/16 × 14 1/8 in.); Sheet: 38 × 38.1 cm (15 × 15 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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