Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Allegory of Geometry(?)
Pen and black ink and wash, with white and red chalk for toning, on tan paper; incised with the stylus.
5 5/16 x 3 5/8 inches (135 x 92 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. 54, reproduced plate 18b.


Gravelot's design probably was intended to serve as a vignette or tailpiece illustration to a work on geometry or philosophy. A rocaille cartouche contains a female figure who holds a compass to the bust of a man mounted on a pyramid and supports a tablet bearing a triangle and circle with her left hand.

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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.