Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Je ne puis plus soutenir le supplice où je suis
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.

Gravelot's design is preparatory for an engraved frontispiece to Act II of Beaumarchais' five-act play “Eugénie” (Paris : Merlin, 1767). Two men, Captain Cowerly and Baron Hartley, are in lively conversation while two women, Eugénie and Madame Murer, are speaking more intimately in an elegant interior. The engraving after the drawing was executed by Louis Joseph Masquelier (1741-1811).


Drawing captioned "Je ne puis plus soutenir le supplice où je suis" 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.
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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.


Kraemer, Ruth S. "Drawings by Gravelot in the Morgan Library." Master drawings, XX (Spring 1982), p. 10, no. 20, reproduced plate 8a.