LANCRET, Nicolas
(b. 1690, Paris, d. 1743, Paris)

Study for Picnic after the Hunt

Black chalk heightened with white on gray paper
Bibliothèque Municipale, Rouen

This is a preparatory study for the man wearing mustard yellow in the centre foreground of Picnic after the Hunt, who holds up a biscuit for one of the dogs straining against its leash. Lancret established the pose of the body with black chalk, highlighting the figure with white, but he indicated the face and hands of the figure only indistinctly.