The present sheet is close to another drawing of figure studies in the Kunstsmuseum in Bern which is signed Mazzola, and is possibly by the hand of Giuseppe Mazzola Valduggia (1748-1838).1 However, there is a certain amount of ambiguity over whose hand can be detected in the various figure studies within Ducros's compositions and the artist himself did execute some independently. This watercolour is a lively and vibrant working drawing that gives a fascinating insight into the development of Ducros's grand landscapes.
1. Images of The Grand Tour: Louis Ducros 1748-1810, exhib. cat., London, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood; Manchester, The Whitworth Art Gallery, 1985-1986, p. 23, fig. 4
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