Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Design for a Title Page to a Book of Poetry(?)
Pen and brown ink and brown and gray wash over graphite, touched with white chalk, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches (141 x 82 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.
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.

Kraemer, Ruth S. "Drawings by Gravelot in the Morgan Library." Master drawings, XX (Spring 1982), p. 14, no. 52, reproduced plate 18a.


Gravelot's design probably was intended to serve as title page illustration although a related publication has yet to be identified. A male figure is shown seated in the foreground at right, flanked by two putti; a circular temple with a statue appears in the background, with a bust of a man on a pedestal, surrounded by flying putti, at left.

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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.