Hubert François Gravelot

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Hubert François Gravelot
"Mon heure est arrivée, on me mene a la mort" IV
ca. 1768
Black chalk and graphite, with horizontal ruled line in pen and black ink, on paper.
5 1/4 x 3 3/16 inches (130 x 82 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. 11, no. 31.


This design is one of four preparatory drawings by Gravelot in the Morgan's collection intended for an engraved frontispiece executed by Jean Charles Le Vasseur for Henri Panckoucke's "Lettre de don Carlos à Elisabeth" (Paris : Panckoucke et Veuve Duchesne, 1768). Don Carlos is shown seated at a table at left as the guards enter at right to take him to his execution; he holds a miniature portrait in one hand while with the other he is engaged in writing a letter with a quill. Of the four studies, two (1968.15:3-4) are closer to Le Vasseur's engraving and show Don Carlos seated at a table while he is seen standing in the other two sketches (1968.15:1-2). This suggests that the latter two may represent an earlier idea for this composition.

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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.