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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder, German (Haina, Germany 1722 - 1789 Kassel, Germany)
Cleopatra at her Toilet
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Kleopatra bei der Toilette
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
32 x 24.5 cm (12 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
framed: 50 x 41 cm (19 11/16 x 16 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: at l.l.: J. H. Tischbein A.D. 1767
  • inscription: verso, canvas, upper right, black ink: JC
  • inscription: verso, frame, left side, blue chalk: 9 66 [or 22] 1 [or 7]
  • inscription: inside of frame, graphite: THOMSON
  • inscription: top of stretcher, graphite: [illeg.] / 6151 [Julius Böhler number] left of glass [crossed out]
  • stamp: top of stretcher, left corner: illegible circular stamp over a label with no visible markings
  • inscription: left stretcher bar, graphite, under adhesive: [illeg.] 1918 a pair [illeg.] 99 [illeg.] No. 14
  • inscription: right stretcher, graphite, under adhesive: La Toilette / 1795 [illeg. Tischbein / Jean-Henri [illeg.]


Recorded Ownership History
[Adolphe Stein, Paris], sold; to [Julius Böhler Kunsthandlung, Munich, July 1961], sold; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1962.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)
  • Petra Tiegel-Hertfelder, Historie war sein Fach: Mythologie und Geschichte im Werk Johann Heinrich Tischbeins d.Ä (1722-1789), Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft Worms (Worms, 1996), p. 332, cat. no. G 35

Exhibition History

  • German Rococo and Romanticism, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, 03/12/1977 - 05/01/1977
  • 32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/20/2018 - 05/06/2018

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