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Achilles Aided by Vulcan, Combatting the River Gods Xanthe and Simois
The present drawing, which is squared for transfer, is all that remains of one of Vincent’s most important commissions, negotiated by the Comte d’Angiviller in 1782 on behalf of Louis XVI. Exhibited at the Salon of 1783, the finished painting was later on deposit at Lons-le Saunier until 1900, when it was destroyed. A tapestry after the same design was never executed.
from Snay, The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection (Notre Dame, 2011)