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What is this?

First preliminary sketch, full scale for a cartoon depicting the Four Elements.

This is a drawing from France. It is dated 1810–20 and we acquired it in 0000. Gift of Bridget Mahon. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

pen and black ink, brush and grey wash on cream laid paper, mounted

Its dimensions are

98.2 x 84.2 cm (38 11/16 x 33 1/8 in.)

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18102773/ |title=Drawing, "Study for a Cartoon for Printed Cotton: Les Quatre Elements", 1810–20 |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=20 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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