Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Scene of Sacrifice
ca. 1770
Pen and black ink over graphite, on paper; verso rubbed with black chalk.
5 1/16 x 4 inches (141 x 100 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.

Gravelot's sketch was probably intended for an engraved illustration to Abbé Jean Raymond de Petity's "Les Voeux de la France et de l'Empire...." (Paris : 1770). The sheet contains a medallion design with a priest preparing to sacrifice a bull as a figure is tortured on a pyre in the background and a group of figures celebrate around an altar on a mountaintop. The Morgan preserves two further designs for Petity's publication: see 1963.13:19 and 1968.15:39.

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. 12, no. 37.