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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Claude Gillot, French (Langres 1673 - 1722 Paris)
Fête Galante; verso: Theater Scene
Other Titles
Former Title: Embarkation for the Island of Cythera; verso: Fête Galante in Asian Costume
Work Type
c. 1700
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Physical Descriptions
Black ink, two tones of gray wash, and traces of white gouache on off-white antique laid paper, framing lines in brown ink; verso: black ink and gray wash
20.7 x 31.7 cm (8 1/8 x 12 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, center, graphite: 4
Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Hodgkin, sold [through their sale, Sotheby’s, London,October 21, 1963, lot 136]. [Colnaghi, London]. Regina Thurlimann and Freddy Homburger, Brookline, by 1963, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1991
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Regina T. and Freddy Homburger in honor of Agnes Mongan
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Agnes Mongan, ed., Selections from the Collection of Freddy and Regina T. Homburger: A Loan Exhibition, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1971), cat. no. 53a and 53b, pp. 118-20, 188

Pierre Rosenberg, French Master Drawings of the 17th & 18th Centuries in North American Collections / Dessins français du 17ème & du 18ème siècles des collections américaines, exh. cat., Secker & Warburg (London, 1972-1973), cat. no. 56, pp. 62, 163

Dewey F. Mosby, “Claude Gillot’s “Embarkation for the Isle of Cythera” and its Relationship to Watteau", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (New York, 1974), vol. 12, no. 1, Spring, pp. 49-56, 102-103, pp. 49-56

Donald Posner, Antoine Watteau, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, 1984), p. 287-n.124

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Pierre Rosenberg, and Nicole Parmantier, Watteau, 1684-1721, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art and Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Washington and Paris, 1984), pp. 262-63

Margret Stuffmann and Hildegard Bauereisen, Französische Zeichnungen im Städelschen Kunstinstitut, 1550 bis 1800, exh. cat., Die Städtische Galerie (Frankfurt, 1986), p. 84

Mary Louise Ennis, "The Voyage to Cythera: From Courtly Allegory to Erotic Utopia in French Literature, 1700-1750" (1989), Yale University, pp. 113, 117 (mistakenly cited as executed in red chalk)

Marianne Roland Michel, “Un ‘maitre’ et ses élèves, ou pour une approche de Gillot", Mélanges en Hommage à Pierre Rosenberg: peintures et dessins en France et en Italie, XVIIe–XVIIIe siècles, ed. Anna Ottani Cavina, Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, 2001), pp. 390-99, pp. 393-94

Giorgia Cowart, “Watteau’s ‘Pilgrimage to Cythera’ and the Subversive Utopia of the Opera-Ballet", The Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (Providence, 2001), p. 469

Jennifer Tonkovich, "Claude Gillot and the Theater with a Catalogue of Drawings" (2002), Rutgers University, vol. 1, cat. no. 29, pp. 156, 170, 264, 275-81, vol. 2, p. 535

Patrick Ramade, ed., Watteau et la fête galante, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, 2004), p. 130

Giorgia Cowart, The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV & the Politics of Spectacle, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, 2008), pp. 227-28

Christoph Martin Vogtherr, Mary Tavener Holmes, and Groupe les Echos, De Watteau à Fragonard: les fêtes galantes, exh. cat. (Paris, 2014), p. 87

Michiel C. Plomp and Martin Sonnabend, Watteau der Zeichner, exh. cat., Städel Museum (Frankfurt, 2016), pp. 85, 228

Alvin L. Clark, Jr. and Edouard Kopp, French Drawings from the Age of Claude, Poussin, Watteau, and Fragonard: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2022), cat. no. 50, repr.; detail repr. p. 149, verso repr. p. 148

Exhibition History

Selections from the Collection of Freddy and Regina T. Homburger: A Loan Exhibition, Fogg Art Museum, 04/02/1971 - 04/24/1971

French Master Drawings of the 17th & 18th Centuries in North American Collections, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 09/02/1972 - 10/15/1972; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 11/03/1972 - 12/17/1972; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 01/12/1973 - 03/11/1973; New York Cultural Center, New York, 04/04/1973 - 05/13/1973

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