Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Laissez faire mon fils
ca. 1767
Pen and black ink over graphite, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 1/2 x 3 5/16 inches (139 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. 23.


Gravelot's drawing is preparatory for an engraved frontispiece to Act IV of Beaumarchais' five act play “Eugénie” (Paris : Merlin, 1767). Several figures are shown gathered in a room; at center a gentleman armed with a sword rushes towards a man standing on the left, as two other men attempt to intercede. See 1968.15:27 for another preparatory drawing by Gravelot for this scene, which was ultimately engraved by Jean Charles Le Vasseur (1734-1816).

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.