Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Allegory of Poetry(?) II
Pen and black ink, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 x 3 1/8 inches (127 x 79 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. 58; reproduced plate 17b.


Gravelot's design has not been related to an illustration appearing in a published volume. The classical figure of a woman is shown standing with a palm of wreath in her right hand and her left hand raised in a dramatic gesture; she is surrounded by symbols of sacred and heroic poetry, and Pegasus is shown on the wing at upper left. See 1968.15:37 for a related drawing, as yet unconnected to a publication.

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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.