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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Circle of Théodore Géricault, French (Rouen 1791 - 1824 Paris)
Previously attributed to Théodore Géricault, French (Rouen 1791 - 1824 Paris)
Previously attributed to Jean-Baptiste Regnault, French (Paris 1754 - 1829 Paris)
Portrait of a Young Man
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Self-Portrait
Work Type
c. 1822-1823
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
60.64 x 51.12 cm (23 7/8 x 20 1/8 in.)
framed: 77.79 x 66.68 x 8.89 cm (30 5/8 x 26 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: back of strainer, ink? on wood, handwritten: Exposition au Musee de Rouen, 1911 [mostly illegible]
  • exhibition label: back of strainer: Pottier / Gericault, Portrait de l'Artist / no. 193
  • exhibition label: back of strainer: Theo. Gericault / Portrait [ ] [mostly illegible]
  • exhibition label: back of strainer: Gericault, Theodore...#59. Selbstportrait der Kunstlers. / Bef. Herr Otto Ackerman, Paris
  • seal: [per conservation, partial seal:] FKV no. 30/3.
Laurent, sold [through Château d'Argentan, Orne, commissaire-priseur Edmond Bertho, May 14, 1905, lot 46]; to Otto Ackermann, sold [through Werner Feuz and Martin Birnbaum]; to Grenville L. Winthop, New York, 1936, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Catalogue des tableaux anciens & modernes, par A. Coypel, Eugène Delacroix, Géricault, Patel, Panini, Ecole de Rembrandt, etc., auct. cat., Château de Argentan (Orne, France, May 14, 1905), p. 13, lot 46, as "Portrait du maître, par lui-mème"

Karl Scheffler, "Chronik", Kunst und Künstler (November 1907), p. 86

E. Hancke, "Die Klassische Malerei im Neunzehnten Jahrhundert", Kunst und Künstler (October 1912), p. 60

Otto Grautoff, "Théodore Géricault, zum 100. Todestag", Die Kunst für Alle (February 1924), 39, pp. 129-142, p. 129, repr.

Chinese Sculpture, Bronzes, Jades, Paintings and Drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art; selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1943), p. 7

Otto Benesch, "The Winthrop Collection: From Neo-Classic to Romanticism; David, Ingres, Géricault", Art News (January 1-14, 1944), vol. 42, no. 16, pp. 9-10, 20-21, 32, pp. 9-10, repr. p. 20

Walter Pach, "Géricault in America", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (April 1945), series 6, 27, pp. 227-240, p. 238

Between the Empires: Géricault, Delacroix, Chassériau, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), p. 13

John Canaday, Mainstreams of Modern Art, Henry Holt and Co. (New York, NY, 1959), repr. p. 42

Lorenz Eitner, Gericault: an Album of Drawings in the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1960), p. 45, note 9

F. H. Lem, "Gericault Portraitiste", L'Arte (1963), vol. XXVIII, pp. 59-119

Bruce MacDonald, "A Portrait by Gericault in the Fogg Museum" (Student paper, Harvard University, 1965), Unpublished

Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), no. 86

Brandt Aymar, The Young Male Figure, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, NY, 1970), repr. p. 143 in b/w

Henri Zerner, "Théodore Géricault: Artist of Man and Beast", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 480-486, p. 485, fig. 5

Philippe Grunchec and Jacques Thuillier, L'Opera Completa di Gericault, Rizzoli Editore (Milan, Italy, 1978), no. A157, p. 144; repr.

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 203, p. 178, repr. in b/w

Germain Bazin, Théodore Géricault: Etude critique, documents, et catalogue raisonné, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, France, 1987 -1997), vol. I, p. 214; vol. 2, p. 329, catalogue no. 11

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. 270

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), no. 45, pp. 140-142, repr. in color

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 45, pp. 147-148, repr. in color

Exhibition History

Ausstellung, Kunstsalon Walter Zimmerman, Munich, 01/01/1906 - 12/31/1906

Gericault-Ausstellung, Galerie Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin, 10/01/1907 - 10/31/1907

Millénaire Normand, Musée de Rouen, Rouen, 01/01/1911 - 12/31/1911

Die Klassische Malerei Frankreichs im Neunzehnten Jahrhundert, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, 01/01/1912 - 12/31/1912

Chinese sculpture, bronzes, jades, paintings and drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art : selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/01/1943 - 02/28/1944

Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

Mutiny: Works by Géricault, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/01/2018 - 01/06/2019

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