Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Uranka Thrusting a Dagger into Murami's Chest
ca. 1770-73
Pen and black ink over black chalk and graphite, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (133 x 90 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 V, Scene 2, but evidently was never used. The monk Uranka is shown stabbing Murami; they are surrounded by several figures, some of them bearing torches. 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, 1963.13:16, 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. 45, reproduced plate 16b.