Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Laissez faire mon fils II
ca. 1767
Pen and black ink over graphite, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 5/8 x 3 5/16 inches (144 x 85 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.

Drawing captioned "Laissez faire mon fils" and signed at bottom "H. Gravelot inven."

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. 10, no. 22, reproduced plate 9a.


Gravelot's drawing is preparatory for an engraved frontispiece to Act IV of Beaumarchais' five-act play “Eugénie” (Paris : Merlin, 1767). This study depicts a less developed stage of Gravelot's composition than 1968.15:26. The title is inscribed twice at the bottom, indicating the artist's intention of extending the foot of the design. Several figures are shown gathered in a room; at center a gentleman armed with a sword rushes towards a man standing at left, as two other men attempt to intercede. The engraving after the drawing was executed by Jean Charles Le Vasseur (1734-1816).

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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.