Hubert François Gravelot

Download image: 
Hubert François Gravelot
Apollo(?) Seated Surrounded by Several Figures
Pen and black ink and black chalk, on blue paper; partially incised with the stylus.
3 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches (94 x 133 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. 56.


According to Ruth Kraemer, Gravelot's design "is possibly intended for a vignette or headpiece in a book of poetry. There is another, slightly more finished drawing of the same composition, also on the Roederer mount, at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass." A seated classical male figure is shown flanked by two female figures, one of whom appears to be Venus; he extends his hand to Cupid, who stands in front of him; at left, additional female figures are shown seated on clouds.

Associated names: 

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.