The cross in Mezy. 1877. Unsigned. Inscribed ”Debout”, ”debout près de marches, ”3c de marches”, ”à genoux”. Black chalk on two joint pieces of blue paper. 31×35 cm.
Preliminary study for the now lost drawing Visite au cimetière de Mezy, that was exhibited at Dudley Gallery, London, in 1878. Shortly after Lhermitte used the drawing again, when he on request altered his painting Le marché aux pommes de Landerneau, now at Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Provenance: The artist's estate (L. 3890). The step daughter of the artist, Jean Lhermitte b. Marcelle Duflocq (1895–1982).
Exhibited: Dessins de Léon Lhermitte, galerie Jean de la Fontaine, Château-Thierry 1990, no. 19.
Literature: Monique Le Pelley Fonteny, Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844–1925). Catalogue Raisonné, Paris 1991, drawing no. 188, mentioned under the painting no 16 and drawings no. 952.