As Bordeaux further notes, the composition of these two pictures "with their groupings of healthy putti should be regarded as the direct antecedents of Boucher's popular canvases dealing with children sporting, such as L'Amour Oiseleur and L'Amour Moissonneur".4 Bordeaux therefore dates the two Russian paintings to circa 1727-29, giving us a terminus ante quem of 1729 for the present drawing.
1. J.-L. Bordeaux, François Le Moyne, 1688-1737, and his generation, Paris 1984, pp. 106-7, no. 63, reproduced fig. 66
2. Ibid., p. 106, no. 62, reproduced fig. 65
3. Comte de Caylus, 'Vie de François Lemoine,' in Vies d'artistes du XVIIIème siècle, Paris 1910, p. 66
4. Bordeaux, op. cit., p. 107; for the drawings, see A. Ananoff, François Boucher, Lausanne and Paris 1976, vol. I, nos. 62 and 63
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