Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
Perseus, King of Macedon, in the Tent of the Roman Consul Paulus Emilius
Pen and black ink and brown wash over graphite, on paper; incised with the stylus.
5 5/16 x 3 1/16 inches (135 x 78 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. 6, no. 2; reproduced plate 1b.


Gravelot's design is preparatory for an engraved frontispiece to Volume IX of Charles Rollin's "The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes, and Persians..." (London, 1738-40). The 2nd century BC Roman consul and conqueror of Macedonia, Paulus Emilius, is shown seated in his tent, surrounded by soldiers; before him sits Perseus, his shoulders slumped in defeat. The engraving, signed "H. Gravelot inv.del. et sculp.", bears the date February 16, 1740.

Associated names: 

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.