Laughing Man

Study for Le Libéral (Self-Portrait)

undated
Louis-Léopold Boilly (French, 1761–1845)


Dimensions

Sheet: 23 x 17.4 cm (9 1/16 x 6 7/8 in.) Framed: 45.7 x 38.7 cm (18 x 15 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.2536

Medium or Technique

Black and white chalk with pink and gray highlights on brown paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

At right, sketch for a “tête de caractère”
Vente Jules Boilly 1874 No. 101

Provenance

Julien-Léopold (Jules) Boilly, Paris; December 14-16, 1874, Paris Hôtel des Commissaires-Priseurs, lot 101 (as "Une tête d'homme qui rit"); to A. & R. Ball Works of Art, New York; March 30, 1953, sold to Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection