We are grateful to Alastair Laing, who, from recently seeing the original, has reaffirmed the attribution to Boucher. Alastair Laing discusses the difficulty in precisely dating the drawing due to the fact there is no drawing, painting or engraving that it relates to, but he compares it to other cupids that appear in paintings of the 1750s. In particular he compares the lower cupid with two in Apollo Revealing His Divinity to Issé (1750) in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tours, with one in the Beauvais tapestry of The Slumber of Rinaldo (1752), and with two in the group of three that appear upper right in Venus in Vulcan’s Forge (1757).1
The Berger drawing is a tender and sweet portrayal of two winged putti or cupids softly rendered in black and white chalk. It is an image that is undeniably associated with Boucher and a recurring theme that runs throughout his diverse career, one that was wholeheartedly embraced by the adoring collectors of his time.
1. Exhib. cat., op.cit., p. 134, under no. 46
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