Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
1699-1773
Uranka and Murami, Two Japanese Monks
ca. 1770-73
Pen and black ink over graphite, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 5/16 x 3 5/16 inches (134 x 84 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.
1963.13:13
Provenance: 
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.
Bibliography: 

Kraemer, Ruth S. "Drawings by Gravelot in the Morgan Library." Master drawings, XX (Spring 1982), p. 12, no. 39, reproduced plate 16a.

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Gravelot's design is preparatory for the engraved frontispiece to Act I of Fenouillot de Falbaire de Quingey's tragedy "Les Jammabos, ou, Les Moines Japonais", as published in his "Oeuvres" (Paris : Veuve Duchesne, 1787). The engraving was executed by Jean Baptiste Simonet (1742-after 1813). The monk Uranka is shown confronting Okimas, who is accompanied by the princess Agénie and a third figure. For the other six preparatory drawings related to Quingey's "Les Jammabos" see also 1963.13.11, 1963.13:12, 1963.13:14, 1963.13:15, 1963.13:16, and 1968.15:21. According to Kraemer, “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.”

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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.

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