This charming drawing, which Marianne Roland Michel has dated to circa 1765-68,1 shows a young boy climbing a tree and losing his hat in the process. He was perhaps looking to rob a bird's nest but has lost his hold and hangs precariously onto a limb while his concerned companions look on. A counterproof of the drawing is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéogie de Besançon.2
1. Marianne Roland Michel in verbal communication to the present owner, 30 January 1997
2. See Hubert Robert (1733-1808) et Saint-Pétersbourg, exhib. cat., Musée de Valence, 1999, pp. 190-91, no. 50
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