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DAY & FABER master drawings

    Jean-Jacques Lagrenée, called le jeune (Paris 1739 - Paris 1821)

    Vestals making a sacrifice in the interior of a temple

    Description:

    executed 1776-1777
    signed lower left
    oil on panel
    410 x 350 mm

    Provenance:

    Mrs R G Walker, Bramshott Court, Hampshire, UK
    Her sale, London, Christies 11 June 1928, lot 28, as Angelica Kauffman
    Private Collection, Switzerland

    Literature

    Paris, Salon du Louvre, 1777, p. 767, n° 29
    Sandoz, M., ‘Jean-Jacques Lagrenée, peintre d’histoire (1739-1821)’, Bulletin de la Société de l’Histoire de l’art français, 1963 [Paris], pp. 121-132
    Sandoz, M., Les Lagrenée, II. Jean-Jacques Lagrenée (le jeune), 1739-1821, 1988 [Tours, Éditart, Les Quatre Chemins], pp. 204-205, n° 76

    Exhibitions

    Paris, Salon du Louvre, 25 August to the end of September/early October 1777

    Note:

    This panel by Lagrenée, is the one which was exhibited at the Salon du Louvre in 1777 and was thought lost ever since.  Thanks to the sketches of Gabriel de Saint Aubin on his copy of Livret and to the given dimensions, there is no doubt that this is that panel.  Although Saint Aubin's is only a hasty sketch, one can clearly make out Lagrenée’s five feminine characters, as well as the altar, the foreground ewer, the drapery in the rear and the circular architecture of the temple.

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    Vestals making a sacrifice in the interior of a temple