During Huret's time in Lyon he was principally active as an illustrator, specialising in designs for frontispieces, often responding to commissions from the Compagnie de Jésus. In this splendid drawing, the Jesuit Father is commemorated in the lower section of the sheet, in the centre, depicted in ecclesiastical attire. The attractive combination of red chalk and wash not only serves the aesthetics of the overall drawing but works together to create wonderful tonal effects, lending to the drapery of the two repoussoir figures a sumptuous tactile quality and also enhancing the clever perspective employed in the tree-lined garden in the upper section of the sheet. There are some differences between the drawing and the final print, most notably the angel, who is in flight over the garden in the red chalk study, but who appears in a niche in the published engraving.
The present drawing gives us a fascinating insight into Huret's working methods and demonstrates the great detail that went into the preparatory stages of his frontispiece designs.
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