A Mandarin drake


Édouard Traviès (artist)
born 1809

Formerly attributed to


A Mandarin drake

Date of Production

after 1849


graphite, watercolour on wove paper, now laid down on Japanese tissue


Height: 15 cm
Width: 19 cm

Accession Number


Mode of Acquisition

Unknown, 1981


The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)


Not currently on display



bears the 'false' mark L.838, indicating possibly a work sold by Delacroix's pupil, Pierre Andrieu (1821-1892) to his neighbour, the dealer Vuillier (Paris); discovered in a storeroom in Woburn Square, 1980

Exhibition History

Art and Artifice: Fakes from the Collection, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 17/06/2023-08/10/2023

Defining Modernity - European Drawings 1800 - 1900, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA, 05/07/2007-09/09/2007

Captured on Paper, Animals in the Prints and Drawings Collection, Courtauld Gallery, London, 20/06/2002-11/08/2002


Watermark: none.

Inscription: Recto: lower right edge, graphite, mostly illegible: "Canard a Eventail ([...]" [the text on the related plate within the brackets reads "Anas galiculata", but this does not seem to match that] . Verso: along right edge, graphite, cut off: "Mois / Juin / Juillet / aout / [...]tembre / [...]bre".

Collector's mark: Recto: lower right, stamped in red ink: false mark of Eugène Delacroix (L.838).

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