François Boucher (Paris 1703 - Paris 1770)
Mothers mourning their children, study for for the "Massacre of the Innocents"
brush and brown wash over black chalk157 x 224 mmon the mount of Jean-Baptiste Nourri
Jean-Baptiste Nourri (1697-1784), posthumous sale, Paris 24 February 1785:lot 1065: [Boucher] “Huit compositions et études, dont une premier penséedu Massacre des Innocents, à la plume et au bistre”, (Nourri embellished his mounts with pen lines and bands of green as illustrated in article by Lise Bicart-Sée, Master Drawings 45: 2007, no.1, pp. 87-90)purchased by LangloisPrivate collection, FrancePrivate collection, USA