The pilot wrote to the Musee d’ Art et d’Histoire in Saint-Denis in France, and their response was that the design is in Indian Ink on white paper measuring 65cm x 60cm (25.5906” x 23.622”).
Musee d’ Art et d’Histoire in Saint-Denis
There seems to be a discrepancy as to the size of this original. Is the original the 43 cm x 35 cm as the Picasso Museum stipulates - or is it 65 cm x 60 cm as the Museum in St. Denis stated? Further investigation into the St. Denis Museum provided more questions as to the whereabouts of the original drawing. In all of the searches, including the museum's website - there is no mention of Picasso's Don Quixote in their inventory. Their website mentioned that the Museum has a large collection of Honoré Daumier's work (he's an artist that did a famous painting of Don Quixote...) and that the museum had a vase done by Picasso...but no mention of the Don Quixote by Picasso.
The only research that stipulated a time in which Picasso's Don Quixote was on exhibit - was from a German newspaper in 2012 stating that the drawing was on display at the Picasso Museum in Paris.
Exhibit in 2012 at Picasso Museum
Sources are unclear as to whether Picasso donated the drawing to the Museum (which didn't exist yet) or to the convent, or where exactly it was donated and where it had been housed - the basic chain of custody of the drawing...
The Musee d’ Art et d’Histoire in Saint-Denis opened in 1981 - located in an ancient Carmel monastery.
- Since 1981, the former Carmelite convent of Saint-Denis is home to the museum of art and history. The history of the monastery of the Carmelites, founded in 1625... The museum owes its originality especially in these collections on: - Carmel (document collections and objects evoking the religious city and the lives of these women turned to God) - medieval archeology (objects found during excavations in St. -Denis: sculptures, ceramics, furniture ...) , - the former Hotel-Dieu which dates back to 1713 , - its apothecary - beautiful place while woodwork that contains a pharmaceutical together considered one of the finest in France, - the 1870 war and the 1871 Paris Commune . (one of the largest collections in the world with cartoons, prints, photographs ...) The art and history museum also owes its fame thanks to its collections engravings and caricatures (Gavarni, Daumier, ...) and the fund Paul Eluard , poet recounting his life, his commitments in surrealism and communism.
- In this 17th-century monastery, sculptures, ceramics and other vestiges of the Middle Ages (found during the excavation of the Saint-Denis Basilica) sit side by side with more mundane articles of the nuns daily life in a convent. Not far away, other souvenirs: the manuscript of poet Paul Eluard, a native of Saint-Denis, a vase by Picasso, an illustrated poem by Miró are just some of the treasures exposed in the Louis XV pavilion of Carmel. Not to mention the lithographs of Honoré Daumier or the architectural drawings, ceramics and furniture by Francis Jourdain, celebrated designer from the 1930's.