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François Boucher
A GROUP OF FIVE YOUNG WOMEN BY A FOUNTAIN
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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François Boucher
A GROUP OF FIVE YOUNG WOMEN BY A FOUNTAIN
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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François Boucher
PARIS 1703 - 1770
A GROUP OF FIVE YOUNG WOMEN BY A FOUNTAIN
Black and white chalk,
bears partially legible inscription/signature, lower left:  f.(?) Boucher
305 by 215 mm
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Provenance

Possibly François Boucher,
his posthumous sale, 18 February ff. 1771, lot 419 ('un sujet de cinq figures de femmes');
sale, Audap-Mirabaud, Drouot, 15 December 2010, lot 50 (as 'Le Retour du Marché);
Private collection, Paris

Catalogue Note

From the description, it seems a drawing sold in Boucher's posthumous sale, lot 419 (see Provenance) may well be the present work.  Stylistically, Alastair Laing has dated this drawing to late in Boucher's career so it is plausible that it was still in Boucher's hands when he died.

An attractive composition, Boucher has depicted young women by a water fountain, others appearing to wash clothes in the background, and one of the central figures transports water in a vase on her head. 

Hubert Robert borrows the three central figures in this drawing and uses them in reverse in his own Washerwomen and Shepherd at a Well.1

We are grateful to Alastair Laing, who, from seeing the drawing in the original, has confirmed the attribution to Boucher.

1. Sale, London, Christie's, 1 July 1997, lot 156

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