This is a characteristic academy study by the artist and does not connect directly with any known figure in Boullogne's compositions. However, the entry in the 1980 exhibition catalogue points out that the facial type, headdress and general pose seen here are similar to those of a figure in Vulcan's Forge, one of a series of engravings by Louis Desplaces after Louis de Boullogne, representing the Elements.2
1. H. Guicharnaud, Louis de Boullogne, exhib. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre, 2011
2. Le Feu, Paris, Musée du Louvre, Inv. no. 869C
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