Studies of the Head and Hands of a Seated Boy for "Of Three Things, Will You Do One for Me?", c. 1733
red and white chalk, with border in pen and black ink, on brown laid paper
35 x 26.9 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28217r)
This sheet of studies offers a glimpse of how the young François Boucher went about developing the oval painting "Of Three Things, Will You Do One for Me?" In the sketch on the verso, probably the first of a series, the artist initially depicted a boy seated on a chair, seen in three-quarter view from behind. He then turned the sheet over to capture the same figure in profile from a closer viewpoint, and to concentrate separately on details of the facial expression and the hands.