Hubert Robert

Hubert Robert
Roman Sketchbook
Mostly pen and brown ink and wash, some sketches in black chalk, also in lead, a few in red chalk, and several in watercolor, over black chalk, on paper.
Binding: 9 3/16 x 5 1/4 inches (233 x 134 mm); leaf: 9 x 4 7/16 inches (228 x 113 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows with the special assistance of an anonymous contribution from a foundation.

Inscribed on the title-page, "Croquis Faits à Rome par hubert Robert en 1760. Rome 1760".
Watermark: Shield with bend over "HONIG", fragment.

Adrien Fauchier-Magnan; David David-Weill.

Adams, Frederick B., Jr., comp. Ninth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1958 & 1959. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1959, p. 104-105.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 165.
Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 118.
Denison, Cara D., Myra Nan Rosenfeld, and Stephanie Wiles. Exploring Rome: Piranesi and His Contemporaries. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library; Montreal : Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1993-1994, no. 98, folio 15, 17, and 20 repr.


This sketchbook dates from Robert's student days in Rome and contains thirty-nine leaves. It includes both straightforward recordings of Roman monuments as well as many pen and wash drawings that are imaginary variations on Roman monuments.

Associated names: 

Fauchier-Magnan, Adrien, former owner.
David-Weill, David, 1871-1952, former owner.

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