Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin

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Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin
1724-1780
The Lesson of the Chemist Sage at the Hôtel des Monnaies
1779
Black chalk with stumping, graphite, brown ink, gray wash, and opaque watercolor, on paper.
7 7/8 x 5 1/16 inches (198 x 128 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978.
1991.4

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Signed and dated in pen and black ink, at lower margin, "par Gabriel St Aubin 1779"; in graphite, "La leçon de M. Sage a l'hotel de la Monaye".

Provenance: 
Jacques Doucet, Paris; his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 5 June 1912, vol. I, lot 54, repr. no. 50; G. Pardinel; François Coty, Paris; sale, Paris, Galerie Jean Charpentier, 30 November - 1 December 1936, lot 15, repr.; Samuel Kress, New York; Mrs. Kilvert, New York; Audrey Cory de Ayala, New York and Paris; Wildenstein & Co., 1969; Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Smith, Bethesda, Md.; acquired from Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York.
Bibliography: 

Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no.64, repr.
Denison, Cara D., with Stephanie Wiles and Ruth S. Kraemer. Fantasy and Reality : Drawings from the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Collection. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1995, no. 12, repr.

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Watermark: fragment of crown.

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Doucet, Jacques, 1853-1929, former owner.
Pardinel, G., former owner.
Coty, François, 1874-1934, former owner.
Kress, Samuel, former owner.
Kilvert, Mrs., former owner.
Cory de Ayala, Audrey, former owner.
Smith, Robert H., former owner.
Smith, Mrs., former owner.

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