Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Two Medals
ca. 1747
Pen and black ink over graphite, on paper.
3 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches (83 x 117 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.

Gravelot designed this armorial device with two medals for the engraved title vignette to Volume III of Maximilien de Béthune (1560-1641), duke de Sully's "Mémoires" (London : 1747). One medal features a bee surmounted by a crown, the other bears a crown above laurel branches; below, a putto is seated alongside a pair of dogs and holding a rudder. Gravelot also designed the three headpiece vignettes which depict scenes from the career of the author, who served as minister to Henry IV of France (1553-1610). The vignettes appear on the first page of each of the three volumes.

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.
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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.


Kraemer, Ruth S. "Drawings by Gravelot in the Morgan Library." Master drawings, XX (Spring 1982), p. 7, no. 4; reproduced plate 3a.