Studies of a Man in Oriental Costume
Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)
Red chalk on laid paper
Size of sheet width 21.5 cm x height 36.6 cm
Museum no. CAI 258
By the 17th century sketches were popular because of the extent to which they provide insight into the artist’s thought processes. As result many artists made sketches specifically for sale. The sketches on this sheet do not relate to any more finished works by Watteau. It is likely they were drawn specifically to cater for the trade in sketches. To what extent is the restriction of a work to one colour an aspect of it being a drawing?