Hubert François Gravelot
Drawing for the Decamerone (v Journée, Nouvelle 6)
Pen and black ink, brown ink and wash, with traces of red chalk, 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 sixth story of the fifth day in an edition of Boccaccio's “Decamerone” published in Paris by Prault in 1757-61 (the image is captioned: V Journée, Nouvelle 6). The scene shows the lovers Restituta and Gianni of Procida bound at the stake.
Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.