Charles Natoire: Jacob et Rachel qui font boire les troupeaux / Jacob und Rachel am Brunnen, 1732, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 142 cm. Privatsammlung, Los Angeles (Caviglia-Brunel 2012.P.23)
The elegant chalk drawing on blue paper was certainly appreciated as a drawing in itself, but initially it served as a sketch (submitted to the client) for a painting which, together with other pieces, was created for the decoration of a Parisian noble palace. Jacob, who had fled from his brother Esau, meets the beautiful Rachel at a well in a foreign country and instantly falls in love with her. The situation's emotiveness is underlined by the composition's pastoral character. A similar, albeit later drawing by the artist is obj. no. 1286 Z.