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Past Exhibition

Three Studies of Soldiers Holding Muskets and Wearing Capes

three sketches of soldiers holding muskets and wearing capes

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721)
Three Studies of Soldiers Holding Muskets and Wearing Capes,
ca. 1710
Red chalk and stump on cream paper, within black ink framing lines
5 11/16 × 8 1/16 in. (14.5 x 20.4 cm)
The Courtauld Institute Galleries, London

Watteau used the soldier in the middle in The Portal of Valenciennes. This is the only surviving drawing in a known location related to the painting, and the two works are shown together for the first time.