The present drawing is a reworked counterproof of Cochin's celebrated composition depicting the Spartan lawmaker, Lycurgus, being confronted by the wealthy residents of Sparta, who were enraged by his proposed reforms for the city. The original drawing, from which Cochin took this counterproof, is in the collection of the Musée du Louvre, Paris,1
and dates to 1760. The Louvre drawing was exhibited to great acclaim at the Salon of 1761 and the composition is also known in reverse to the original drawing, through a crayon-manner print, engraved by Gilles Demarteau in 1769.
1. See S. Rocheblave, Charles-Nicolas Cochin, Graveur et Dessinateur, Paris and Brussels 1927, pl. XLV, reproduced