Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
1699-1773
Drawing for Canto VIII of Alessandro Tassoni's "Secchia rapita"
ca. 1766
Pen and ink and pencil on paper, mounted on paper backing.
5 3/4 x 3 7/16 inches (146 x 88 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
2003.22:13
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Signed "H. Gravelot inven" in ink at lower right.

Provenance: 
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
Bibliography: 

Kraemer, Ruth S. "Drawings by Gravelot for Alessandro Tassoni's mock-heroic poem La secchia rapita." Master drawings, XXVIII (Autumn 1990), p. 338-343, no. 13.

Notes: 

Gravelot's design is preparatory for an illustration to Canto VIII of an edition of Alessandro Tassoni's "Secchia rapita" (“The Stolen Bucket”), published in Paris by Lorenzo Prault and Pietro Durand in 1766. Tassoni's mock-heroic poem, originally published in Paris in 1622, blends the construct of an epic with an absurd premise: a 14th century war between Modena and Bologna was actually caused by the Modenese stealing a bucket from Bologna. The corresponding plate appears facing p. 77 of volume 2 in the published work and is captioned “Ma l'orbo fu avvisato, e fuggi via”. The scene shows the blind harper Scarpinello playing for the Bolognese ambassadors.

Associated names: 

Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.

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