Though the drawing does not appear to connect to any of Watteau’s known paintings, it can be closely compared on stylistic grounds to drawings in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam1 and Fondation Custodia, Paris,2 both of which contain head studies used in a variety of paintings, including L’Embarquement pour Cythère3 and Plaisirs d’amour.4
1. Rosenberg and Prat, op. cit., pp. 752-3, no. 454, reproduced
2. K.T. Parker and J. Mathey, Antoine Watteau, catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné, 2 vols, Paris 1957, II, no. 744, reproduced
3. see G. Macchia, L'opera completa di Watteau, Milan 1968, pp. 117-118, cat. no. 185, reproduced
4. Dresden, Gemäldegalerie, inv. no. 782
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