DAVID, Jacques-Louis
(b. 1748, Paris, d. 1825, Bruxelles)

View of the interior of the tennis court

1790-91
Black chalk, 125 x 192 mm (each page)
Musée National du Château, Versailles

Such an ambitious project as The Oath of the Tennis Court required an enormous amount of preliminary work and David filled two sketchbooks and many individual sheets with details and figure studies. He went to Versailles and drew the empty tennis court, and experimented with the poses of the deputies