Paul Helleu 1859-1927
N03729 Studies of Mme Helleu and Ellen c.1895
Chalk on paper, 16 1/2 x 11 7/8 (41.5 x 30)
Presented by Dr J.H. Badcock 1923
This drawing was presented as 'Studies of a Woman and Child', but comparison with the drypoints reproduced in Edmond de Goncourt's Catalogue des Pointes-Sèches d'Helleu (Paris 1897) shows the sitters to be the artist's wife Alice and his elder daughter Ellen, born in 1887. A number of similar drawings of Mme Helleu and the children are reproduced in Helleu's book Nos Bébés (H. Bouquet, Paris, n.d.).