Study of a Head

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Charles Parrocel was a cavalryman in his younger years and thus knew the military world inside out. This served him in good stead in his later career as a painter of battle scenes, for which the sheet on view here served as a preparatory drawing. Using the trois crayons technique, Parrocel deftly drew the averted head – in profil perdu – of a French officer, as indicated by the tricorne and wig. Date: c 1737. Object ID: RP-T-1967-42.

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