Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Rome Appearing to Cato II
ca. 1766
Pen and black ink over graphite, on paper; incised with the stylus.
4 3/4 x 2 15/16 inches (120 x 75 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.
Marie-Joseph-Colombe-Henri-Denis Beccaria de Pavie, Marquis de Fourquevaux (1762-1841), Fourquevaux, France; Emmanuel Bocher (1835-1919), Paris; Léon Olry-Roederer (1869-1932), Paris; A.S.W. Rosenbach (1876-1952), Philadelphia; John Fleming (1910-1987), New York.

Kraemer, Ruth S. "Drawings by Gravelot in the Morgan Library." Master drawings, XX (Spring 1982), p. 9, no. 18.


Gravelot's design is for an engraved frontispiece illustration to Abbé Parmentier's "Lettre de Caton d'Utique à César" (Paris : 1766). Cato is shown seated at a table, gazing at the allegorical female figure of Rome in front of him. Along with a second sheet in the Morgan's collection (Acc. No. 1963.13:7), the design was engraved by Marin Fessard le Jeune (active 1766-1787).

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Fourquevaux, Joseph de Beccarie de Pavie, marquis de, 1762-1841, former owner.
Bocher, Emmanuel, 1835-1919, former owner.
Olry-Roederer, Léon, 1869-1932, former owner.
Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952, former owner.
Fleming, John F. (John Francis), 1910-1987, former owner.