Nicolas André Monsiaux

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Nicolas André Monsiaux
1754-1837
Album of illustrations for Ovid's "Metamorphoses"
Pen and brown ink and wash,, over graphite, on paper.
Binding: 12 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (318 x 255 mm); leaf: 12 1/16 x 9 7/16 inches (307 x 237 mm)
Gift of Mrs. George Blumenthal.
2006.43:1-107
Inscription: 

All forty-two sheets are signed in pen and brown ink, "Monsiau inven."

Provenance: 
Pourtalès collection, Paris; sale, Paris, May 1880; Louis Roederer, Rheims; bought in 1923 by the Rosenbach Company from the Olry-Roederer family in Paris; Mrs. George Blumenthal.
Bibliography: 

Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 121.

Notes: 

These forty-two preparatory drawings, along with twenty-one by Jean Michel Moreau le Jeune (1741-1814) and forty-four by Jean-Jacques-Franc̜ois Le Barbier, the Elder (1738-1826) also in the collection, were made for the engravings illustrating volumes 1-3 of the "Ovidius Naso, Publius Les Métamorphoses...", Paris, F. Gay, 1806-1807.

Associated names: 

Blumenthal, George, Mrs., former owner.
Roederer, Louis, former owner.
Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. Metamorphoses.

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