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A rider sits atop a horse facing away

Quick black brushstrokes with washes of gray and white highlights on tan paper describe a man sitting on horseback. Wearing a pale gray cap and jockey’s silks, we see the man from behind in three quarter profile, riding away from the viewer. With his foot in the stirrup he holds the reins, leaning back to the left slightly and looking directly to the right. The horse’s back and the saddle have been lightly sketched in but the rest of the horse is left incomplete.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Mounted Jockey
Work Type
c. 1866
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Physical Descriptions

Essence on brown wove paper
27.3 x 13.6 cm (10 3/4 x 5 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: lower left in red ink: degas [Lugt 658]
  • inscription: lower left, graphite: 5/ 5/
  • stamp: verso, lower right: Degas Estate stamp [Lugt 657]
  • inscription: verso, upper left, graphite: 3
  • inscription: verso, lower right, blue crayon: Pb1441 / 2396


Recorded Ownership History
[Degas atelier sale 3, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, April 7-9, 1919, no. 114c]. [Scott & Fowles, New York] sold; to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, MA, 1921, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum 2015 (1)

(1) The drawing was stolen while on exhibition in 1952, and was returned to the Harvard Art Museums in 2015.

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

  • Independent Painters of Nineteenth Century Paris, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1935), no. 117, repr. p. 81
  • Degas, 1834-1917, exh. cat., Pennsylvania Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA, 1936), no. 71, repr.
  • Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), p. 357, no. 665 and repr. as fig. 341
  • Paul André Lemoisne, Degas et son Oeuvre, Paul Brame and Cesar M. de Hauke (Paris, France, 1946-1949), vol. II, p. 76, no. 155, and repr. p. 77
  • Phillips Memorial Gallery, Loan exhibition of drawings & pastels by Edgar Degas, 1834-1917, exh. cat., Phillips Memorial Gallery (Washington, D.C, 1947), no. 30
  • Works by Edgar Degas, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH, 1947), no. 64, pl. LII
  • Franco Russoli and Fiorella Minervino, L'opera completa di Degas, Rizzoli Editore (Milan, Italy, 1970), fig. 180
  • Marjorie B. Cohn and Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas at Harvard, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge and New Haven, 2005), repr. in b/w as fig. 73, p. 115; no. 23, p. 103
  • Catalogue des tableaux, pastels et dessins par Edgar Degas et provenant de son atelier 3e vente, April 7-9, 1919, auct. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, April 7 - April 9, 1919), no. 114 (with two other drawings)
  • Anne Driesse, "Homecoming for a Degas Drawing", Index Magazine, Harvard Art Museums ([e-journal], July 22, 2020),, accessed July 27, 2020

Exhibition History

  • French Painting of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/06/1929 - 04/06/1929
  • 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
  • Independent Painters of 19th Century Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/15/1935 - 04/28/1935
  • Degas, 1834-1917, Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 11/01/1936 - 11/30/1936
  • 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
  • Master Drawings, Fogg Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, 06/01/1943 - 08/31/1943
  • Untitled exhibition of French drawings, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 10/08/1943 - 11/21/1943
  • Drawings by Degas, Farnsworth Art Museum (now Davis Museum and Cultural Center), Wellesley, 02/16/1946 - 03/10/1946
  • Works by Edgar Degas, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 02/05/1947 - 03/09/1947
  • Loan Exhibition of Drawings & Pastels by Edgar Degas, 1834-1917, Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, 03/30/1947 - 04/30/1947
  • 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

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