Portrait of a Young Boy (recto); Studies of the Head and Shoulders of a Boy and of a Hand (verso)

1846–48
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)


Catalogue Raisonné

Murphy 004; Murphy 5

Dimensions

26.8 x 21.3 cm (10 9/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

46.595

Medium or Technique

Black conté crayon on rose-gray laid paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

On verso: Studies of the Head and Shoulders of a Boy and of a Hand, black conté crayon, heightened with white conté crayon on paper, about 1845-46


We do not know the name of this young man, but his wary expression, jaunty costume, and cap tipped to the side suggest that he is an urban youth, who probably sat for Millet in Paris.

Provenance

Estate stamp (Lugt 1460); Hôtel Drouot Sale, 30 November, 1882, lot 66; Mrs. J. Templeman Coolidge, Boston; acquired June 1946

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John Templeman Coolidge