Théodore Géricault

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Théodore Géricault
Portrait of Mustapha
Watercolor and graphite.
11 15/16 x 8 1/2 inches (302 x 216 mm); in decorative frame: 20 5/8 x 17 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches
Thaw Collection.
Baron de Schwiter; his sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 20-21 April 1883, no. 43; P. A. Chéramy, Paris; A. Stroelin, Paris; Pierre Dubaut (Lugt S. 2103b); Walter Goetz, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 148, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 72 (also in Thaw III, no. 69)
Denison, Cara D. et al. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 69.


Géricault's curiosity about people of diverse origins is reflected in his interest in Mustapha Sussen, likely a Tunisian Arab (although often described as a Turkish sailor) whom Géricault encountered on the streets of Paris. Hired as Géricault's manservant from 1817 to 1821, Mustapha sat for several drawings and at least two painted portraits by Géricault as well as for works by Anne-Louis Girodet and Carle Vernet. This full-length depiction was part of a group of costumed studies owned by a friend of the artist, the German-born painter Louis-Auguste de Schwiter (1805-1889), who would soon afterward be portrayed by Eugène Delacroix. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Associated names: 

Schwiter, Baron de, former owner.
Chéramy, Paul Arthur, former owner.
Stroelin, A., former owner.
Dubaut, Pierre, former owner.
Goetz, Walter, 1867-1958, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.