Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Je vous la donne
ca. 1767
Pen and black ink over graphite, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 7/16 x 3 5/16 inches (138 x 84 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.

Gravelot's drawing is preparatory for an engraved frontispiece to Act V of Beaumarchais' five-act play “Eugénie” (Paris : Merlin, 1767). The play's principal characters are assembled in an elegant interior: Baron Hartley, at right, takes the hand of the Earl who kneels before him, gesturing at the same time towards his daughter, who sits or kneels at left, supported by her aunt, Madame Murer. The engraving was executed by Jean Jacques André Le Veau (1729-1786).


Drawing captioned "Je vous la donne" and signed at lower right "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. 24, reproduced plate 9b.