Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Allegorical Scene
Black and red chalk on paper; partially traced with the stylus.
4 15/16 x 2 5/8 inches (125 x 66 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.

Gravelot's design was probably intended for a book illustration, although no related publication can be identified.A classical female figure, perhaps signifying Prudence, is shown seated at a table with an hourglass in front of a curtain, writing on a scroll, with a snake and mirror at her feet. A large group of people fill a hall with a colonnade in the background, and there is a bust of a bearded man at the far right.

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. 13, no. 50.