Hubert François Gravelot
Drawing for the Decamerone (iv Journée, Nouvelle 2)
Pen and black ink, brown ink and wash, with traces of graphite, on paper mounted on card.
4 7/16 x 2 1/4 inches (113 x 58 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
Signed "H. Gravelot inven." at lower right.
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
Reproduced in: The art of the French illustrated book, 1700 to 1914 / Gordon N. Ray. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1982, p. 41.
Gravelot's design is preparatory for an engraving illustrating the second story of the fourth day in an edition of Boccaccio's “Decamerone” published in Paris by Prault in 1757-61 (the image is captioned: IV Journée, Nouvelle 2). The scene depicts the public humiliation of Fra Alberto as he is exhibited in the piazza in the guise of a wild man.
Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.