Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Okimas and Agénie, in Chains, Embracing Each Other
ca. 1770-73
Pen and black and brown ink wash over graphite, with white, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 1/4 x 3 3/8 inches (133 x 85 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.

Gravelot's design is preparatory for an illustration to Fenouillot de Falbaire de Quingey's tragedy "Les Jammabos, ou, Les Moines Japonais", as published in his "Oeuvres" (Paris : Veuve Duchesne, 1787). It may have been intended to illustrate Act IV, Scene 9, but evidently was never used. The warrior Okimas and the princess Agénie are shown embracing, as a group of men and women look on. For the other six preparatory drawings related to Quingey's "Les Jammabos" see also 1963.13.11, 1963.13:12, 1963.13:13, 1963.13:14, 1963.13:15, and 1968.15:21. As Kraemer noted, “Only two of Gravelot's designs were engraved and appeared in the 1787 two-volume edition of the author's complete works. Although published fourteen years after his death, Gravelot may have worked on these drawings during the last years of his life.”

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. 13, no. 44.