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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Study for "Diego Martelli"
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Charcoal heightened with white chalk on blue-gray wove paper, discolored to tan, squared in charcoal
45.3 x 28.8 cm (17 13/16 x 11 5/16 in.)
frame: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: l.l.: Vente signature stamp [L. 658] in red
Atelier Degas, [sold at Vente III, no. 344b, 1919]. [César M. de Hauke], sold to Paul J. Sachs, 1930, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

"Degas Drawings: Jacques Seligmann Galleries", Art News (November 1, 1930), vol. XXIX, no. 5, p. 10

Degas, checklist, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1931), no. 17a

Agnes Mongan, "Portrait Studies by Degas in American Collections", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, May 1932), vol. 1, no. 4, p. 68; fig. 9

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 672, fig. 348

Masterpieces of 19th and 20th Century French Drawing from the Fogg Museum..., brochure, Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI, 1941), checklist no. 24

Camille Mauclair, Edgar Degas, Hyperion Press (New York, NY, 1945), repr. p. 17

James Watrous, The Craft of Old-Master Drawings, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI, 1957), pp. 134 and 135, repr.

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Drawings by Degas, exh. cat., City Art Museum of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO, 1966), p. 140

Elizabeth Holt, ed., From the classicists to the impressionists; a documentary history of art and architecture in the 19th century, Anchor Books (Garden City, NY, 1966), pl. 51

Gordon C. Aymar, The Art of Portrait Painting, Chilton Book Company (Philadelphia, PA, 1967), p. 144, pl. 70

Barbara S. Shapiro, Edgar Degas: the Reluctant Impressionist, exh. cat., Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA, 1974), no. 84

Eduard Hüttinger, Degas, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, NY, 1977), repr. p. 23

Ronald Pickvance, Degas 1879: Paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and sculpture from around 100 years ago in the context of his earlier and later works, exh. cat., National Gallery of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland, 1979), cat. 59, repr.

Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski and Thea Jirat-Wasiutynski, "The Uses of Charcoal in Drawing", Arts Magazine (October 1980), vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 128-135, fig. 5, pp. 129 and 131

Mark M. Johnson, Idea to Image: Preparatory Studies from the Renaissance to Impressionism, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH, 1980), p. 59, fig. 72

Dr. Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Artist Within, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY, 1986), p. 194; fig. 17-18

Richard Thomson, The Private Degas, exh. cat., Arts Council of Great Britain, London (London, England, 1987), cat. 61; p. 30, fig. 29

Felix Baumann and Marianne Karabelnik, Degas: Die Portraits, exh. cat., Merrell Holberton / Kunsthaus Zurich (London, England and Zürich, Switzerland, 1994), no. 148

Marjorie B. Cohn and Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas at Harvard, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge and New Haven, 2005), cat. no. 41, fig. 40 (color), pp. 34, 83

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Drawings by Degas, Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, 10/27/1930 - 11/15/1930

Degas, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/09/1931 - 05/30/1931

Drawings by Degas, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 01/01/1932 - 12/31/1932

Great Modern French Drawings, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences Museum, Brooklyn, 01/01/1939 - 03/12/1939

Masterpieces of 19th and 20th Century French Drawing from the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 05/01/1941 - 06/01/1941

Edgar Degas Bronzes, Drawings, Pastels, Buchholz Gallery, New York, 01/03/1945 - 01/27/1945

Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University (Collected by Paul J. Sachs), Century Club, New York, 05/12/1947 - 09/25/1947

French Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 03/28/1952 - 04/28/1952

Degas: Loan exhibition, for the Benefit of the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, Inc., Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 04/07/1960 - 05/07/1960

Edgar Degas: the Reluctant Impressionist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/19/1974 - 09/15/1974

Degas 1879, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 08/13/1979 - 09/30/1979

The Private Degas, The Whitworth Art Gallery, 01/17/1987 - 02/28/1987; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 03/14/1987 - 05/03/1987

Degas: the Portraits, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, 12/02/1994 - 03/05/1995; Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen, 03/18/1995 - 06/18/1995

Degas at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005

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