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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Attributed to Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, French (Montargis 1767 - 1824 Paris)
Oath of the Seven Chieftains before Thebes
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
33.3 x 41.3 cm (13 1/8 x 16 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: incised at upper center: Girodet Trioson
  • label: back of frame, paper: R. Lerondelle / Emballage / d'objets d'art / 76, Rue Blanche, PARIS
  • label: on back of frame, handwritten in red ink: 34
  • label: on back of frame, handwritten, partly torn away: [ ]ment / [ ]min / [ ] 13[?] / 323[?]
  • stamp: on back of frame: LION [?] / [IN]fro[IT] / [EN] [with decorative crest]
Julius H. Weitzner, New York, Given to Fogg Art Museum, 1955. (in exchange for another work)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

George Levitine, [Unidentified article], Bulletin of the Smith College Museum of Art, Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA, 1957), no. 37, note 1

Philippe Grunchec, Les concours d'Esquisses peintes 1816-1863, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, France, 1986), vol. I, no. 3; vol. II pl. 2, cat. 3

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), p. 108; repr. as no. 264

Exhibition History

French Art of the 19th Century, Symphony Hall, Boston, 03/24/1959 - 04/24/1959

HAA 10 Survey Course: The Western Tradition, Art Since the Renaissance, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/09/2008 - 03/02/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 11 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 10/07/2011 - 11/05/2011

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