Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
David Dancing before the Ark II
ca. 1751
Pen and brown ink over indications in red chalk, on paper; partially traced with the stylus.
2 11/16 x 3 7/16 inches (67 x 87 mm)
Gift of John F. Fleming.
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. 8, no. 6, reproduced plate 3b.


Gravelot's design is for an engraved headpiece intended for Book I of Le Franc de Pompignon's "Poésies Sacrées" (Paris : Chaubert, 1751). King David, as described in the biblical Books of Samuel, is shown with his harp, rejoicing at the head of a procession bearing the ark to Jerusalem. This is one of two preparatory drawings, along with 1968.15:11, for a headpiece vignette in the "Poésies Sacrées".

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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.