Lot 114
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Eugène Delacroix

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
116,500 GBP
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  • Eugène Delacroix
  • Etude pour "L'Education d'Achille "
  • dated 1er juillet 1845 (lower right); signed, dated and inscribed Par Eug. Delacroix / 1er juillet 1845, fait à mon atelier rue de la paix no 1 avant que nous allions dîner (on the reverse)
  • pen and ink and wash on paper


M. Villot (sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 11th February 1865)
M. Dubuisson (purchased at the above sale)
Private Collection
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 21st January 2003, lot 176
Purchased at the above sale by the late owner


Adolphe Moreau, Eugène Delacroix et son œuvre, Paris, 1873, p. 288
Alfred Robaut, L'Œuvre complet d'Eugène Delacroix, Paris, 1885, p. 435, no. 1719, catalogued
Maurice Sérullaz, Inventaire général des dessins. Ecole française. Dessins d'Eugène Delacroix, Paris, 1984, vol. I, p. 164, cited with no. 305
Lee Johnson, The Paintings of Eugène Delacroix. A Critical Catalogue, Oxford, 1989, vol. V, p. 56, n. 1 (cited with no. L222)

Catalogue Note

In 1833 Delacroix received a commission from his friend Adolphe Thiers to decorate the Salon du Roi of the Palais-Bourbon (now Assemblée Nationale), Paris, and subsequently was commissioned in 1838 to decorate the huge ceiling of the library of the Chambre des Députés in the same building. The ceiling comprised five cupolas, each with four pendentives and a lunette at each end; the broad programme for the decoration seems to have been to illustrate the themes of Science, Philosophy, Law, Theology, and Poetry.

The present work, depicting Chiron the Centaur instructing Achilles in the art of hunting, is a study for one of the three-metre long pendentives supporting the cupola dedicated to Poetry. Lee Johnson identifies this pendentive as being particularly outstanding for its beauty and design, remarking that Delacroix attached a special value to the composition.

The inscription on the verso suggests that Delacroix was at the time working in another artist's studio on the rue de la Paix, perhaps that of Émile César Victor Perrin.