Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Otez vous de mes yeux. Vous m'avez rendu le plus miserable des hommes
ca. 1767
Pen and black ink over graphite, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 5/8 x 3 5/16 inches (143 x 84 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.

Drawing captioned "Otez vous de mes yeux. / Vous m'avez rendu le plus miserable des hommes" 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. 20, reproduced plate 8b.


Gravelot's design is preparatory for an engraved frontispiece to Act III of Beaumarchais' five-act play “Eugénie” (Paris : Merlin, 1767). Eugénie is shown attempting to embrace her father the Baron, who stands distraught with his arms raised; behind them stands the concerned figure of Madame Murer. The engraving after the drawing was executed by Antoine-Jean Duclos (1742-1795).

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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.