Inscribed "34" at the top left, an unidentified collection mark lower on the mount.
We are grateful to Mr. Alain Latreille for confirming the attribution to Baron Gerard after photograph (Email dated of the 18th of February 2020). He classified our drawing among the early works of François Gérard when he was still in Jacques-Louis David’s studio. Our sketch appears as one of the first thoughts of the overall composition. In horizontal format, the drawing is organized in a frieze and shows in the foreground, from left to right, Campaspe seated and fainting with his servant leaning over her, the painter Apelles turning towards her thus abandoning her portrait which he was working on, and finally Alexander seated in profile. In the background, the silhouettes of the secondary characters stand out. The influence of ancient bas-reliefs is evident, as is that of his master David.