The Painter Clément in Turkish Costume by Jean Barbault

One of a group of drawings by Barbault and Joseph Vien, of twenty of the participants in a'mascarade a la Turque' arranged to mark the Carnival of the French Academy in Rome in 1748.


Red chalk
48 x 36 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,380 ( Total: £2,760)
Acquired in:
Somerville & Simpson

The sitter may be either Brice Clement or Jean-Pierre Clement. It forms a valuable record of the vogue for Eastern fantasy in Europe in the mid-18th Century.


Mme. V., Paris, sold Drouot, 1925 attributed to Vien; anon. sale, Christie's 1976; Somerville and Simpson.

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