Lot 125
  • 125

Charles Michel-Ange Challe Paris 1718 - 1778

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
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  • Charles Michel-Ange Challe
  • interior of the colosseum, with seated figures
  • signed, lower left: M Challe
  • black and white chalk and stumping on light brown paper


Richard Wunder, his sale, London, Christie's, 7 July 1976, lot 31, reproduced


Vermont, Middlebury College, Architectural, Ornament, Landscape and Figure Drawings collected by Richard Wunder, 1975, no. 90, reproduced


Richard Wunder, 'Charles Michel-Ange Challe, A study of his Life and Work', in Apollo, no. 87, January 1968, pp. 22-33, fig. 3

Catalogue Note

In the Middlebury College catalogue of his collection, Richard Wunder writes that when Challe moved to Rome in 1742, he fell strongly under the influence of Piranesi, but nonetheless he continued to make drawings of Roman monuments in soft crayon in the manner of his teacher, Boucher.  The Colosseum was a favourite subject and two similar studies, in the same medium and on the same paper, dated 1747, are known.1

1. See Exhibited, op. cit., p. 59