Hubert François Gravelot
Family of Darius Before Alexander
Brown ink over red chalk, on paper.
5 7/16 x 3 1/8 inches (138 x 79 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
Drawing signed at lower right, "H. Gravelot inv. et delin."
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
Gravelot's design is preparatory for an illustration probably intended for Charles Rollin's "The ancient history of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Grecians" (first published in London: Knapton, 1738-1740). The scene depicts the mother of the defeated Darius kneeling at the feet of Hephaestion and Alexander, with the rest of Darius' family grouped behind her.
Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.