90
90

PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF EMILE WOLF

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
STUDY FOR THE FIGURE OF ANTIOCHUS
JUMP TO LOT
90

PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF EMILE WOLF

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
STUDY FOR THE FIGURE OF ANTIOCHUS
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master & British Works on Paper

|
London

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
MONTAUBAN 1780 - 1867 PARIS
STUDY FOR THE FIGURE OF ANTIOCHUS
Pencil;
bears numbering, upper right: 72 and inscribed in various places with notations regarding lighting
265 by 374 mm
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

Emile Wauters (L.911);
with Mathias Komor, New York, by 1965

Exhibited

Newark Museum, Nineteenth Century Master Drawings, 1961, no. 2

Literature

F. Lees, The Art of the Great Masters, London 1913, pp. 68 and 169, fig. 188

Catalogue Note

This impressive, large sheet is one of a number of surviving preparatory studies executed by Ingres for the figure of Antiochus in his painting, Antiochus and Stratonice (Fig.1). The painting is known in four surviving versions,1 the prime example of which was commissioned by the Duc d’Orleans in 1834, and eventually completed by Ingres in 1840. The narrative, taken by Ingres from Plutarch’s Life of Demetrius, depicts Antiochus, the desperately love-sick son of Seleucus, bed bound, whilst Stratonice, his father’s wife and the object of his desires, stands wistfully at the end of his bed.

The present work, in which Antiochus is depicted lying on his back, his head resting limply on its side while his right arm lies across his covered waist, differs significantly in the positioning of his arms to the Chantilly painting, illustrating perfectly the lengths that Ingres went to, to perfect the composition. This point is further illustrated by the large number of surviving drawings relating to Ingres’ various treatments of the subject of Antiochus and Stratonice, the vast majority of which form part of the great corpus of his drawings in Montauban.2  In spite of this and Ingres’ prodigious graphic output, only one drawing relating to the figure of Antiochus has appeared on the art market in recent years,3 though this was notably executed on a significantly smaller scale than the present work.

1. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Inv. no. 1966.13; Musée Condé, Inv. no. PE 432; Private Collection, Philadelphia; Musée Fabre, Montpellier, Inv. no. 844.1.1

2. See G. Vigne, Dessins d'Ingres, Catalogue raisonné des dessins du musée de Montauban, Paris, 1995, pp. 23-41, nos. 37-151 

3. Sale, London, Sotheby’s, 9 July 2014, lot 145 (£13,750)

Old Master & British Works on Paper

|
London