According to Jumeau-Lafond these two drawings, designed along with a leather folio (now lost), were executed by Schwabe at the request of a patron who owned a series of Schwabe's original watercolors for Catulle Mendès's book L'Evangile de l'enfance de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ selon Saint Pierre (1894), and wished to find an appropriate form of protection and display for the series.
Signature: The second design signed and dated 'CARLOS SCHWABE \5'
J.-D. Jumeau-Lafond, Carlos Schwabe: Symboliste et visionnaire, Paris, 1994, p. 100, illus.
A private European collection, from the early 1900s, and by descent;
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 25 November 1982, lot 153.
Anonymous sale; Phillips, London, 10 September 1984, lot 236.
About Carlos Schwabe
Swiss, 1866-1926, Altona, Germany, based in Avon, France