The three portrayals of elegantly dressed women that make up the present lot are all highly characteristic examples of the artist's graphic style and are, in all likelihood, studies for Gallerie des modes et costumes française, a collection of 445 plates of French fashion, for which he is known to have contributed around 118 drawings, between 1784-1787. The refinement of his subjects' poses and costumes, can be closely compared with other surviving sheets for this project in the Bibliothèque d'art et d'archéologie, Geneva.1
1. G. Mäes, Les Watteau de Lille, Paris 1998, pp. 425-429, nos. FD71, FD74, FD76 and FD 91, reproduced
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