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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Gérard Audran, French (1640 - 1703)
After Charles Le Brun, French (Paris 1619 - 1690 Paris)
Triumphal Entry of Alexander into Babylon
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Battles of Alexander
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Etching and engraving
plate: 72 x 93.4 cm (28 3/8 x 36 3/4 in.)
sheet: 79.9 x 97.6 cm (31 7/16 x 38 7/16 in.)
left sheet: 79.6 x 46.5 cm (31 5/16 x 18 5/16 in.)
right sheet: 78.9 x 52.2 cm (31 1/16 x 20 9/16 in.)
right plate: 71.9 x 71.5 cm (28 5/16 x 28 1/8 in.)
left plate: 71.5 x 44.5 cm (28 1/8 x 17 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: left sheet bottom of verso: shield with "D M F" over it in blue ink [Lugt 778, H. F. de la Motte-Fouquet]
  • collector's mark: right sheet verso bottom: shield with "D M F" over it, in blue ink [Lugt 778, H. F. de la Motte-Fouquet]
  • collector's mark: left sheet verso, bottom: circle with "Dr. WA Pr" in black ink [Lugt 791, Dr. W. A. Ackermann]
  • collector's mark: right sheet verso bottom: circle with "Dr. WA Pr" in black ink [Lugt 791, Dr. W. A. Ackermann]
  • collector's mark: right sheet, center of page: Gray Collection stamp in gray ink; handwritten "104" in graphite
  • inscription: recto, left plate, text as part of plate: AINSY PAR LA VERTV SELEVENT LEST HEROS./ Entreé Triomphante d’Alexandre dans Babilone au milieu des concerts de/ musique et dans acclamations du Peuple./ Gravé par Ger. Audran sur le tableau de Mr. le Brun premier Pintre du Roy ce tableau est dans le Cabinet de sa M.té il a 16 piedz de hault sur 21 pi. 5 par. de long. In black ink.
  • inscription: left sheet, recto, next to printed inscription: dotted in black ink: Goyton
  • inscription: recto, lower right, as part of plate: SIC VIRTVS EVEHIT ARDENS./ Alexander Babilonem sibi deditam triumphali curru sublimis inter/ ciuium acclamations, et concentus ingreditur / aeri luicius per ger. Audram ex tabula Car. Le Brun Reg. Pictor. Primaris asseruatâ in Pinacothecâ Regiâ 16 pedes alta et 21 p. et 5 poll lata. In black ink.
  • (not assigned): right sheet, next to inscription: dotted in black ink: Goyton
  • (not assigned): right sheet, top, verso: dotted in black ink: XIIII
  • (not assigned): left sheet, recto, top: dotted in black ink: XII


Recorded Ownership History
Dr. Wilhelm August Ackermann, Lubeck and Dresden (Lugt 791), sold [through Weigel, Leipzig, June 25, 1844, lot 1547]. Heinrich Friedrich de la Motte-Fouquet, Cologne (Lugt 778), sold [through Hôtel du Dôme, Cologne, October 21 and 22, 1847, lot 166 d]. Francis Calley Gray, bequest; to William Gray (his nephew), 1856; gift; to Harvard University, 1857.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
M. 88c

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray
Object Number
European and American Art

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Print is made from two overlapping sheets.

Publication History

  • A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660-1715, checklist, Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, 2015), pp. 66-67, repr. as cat. 6 [not Harvard impression, related bibliography]
  • Ilona Katzew, Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, 2017), cat. no. 44-46 [not Harvard impression]

Exhibition History

  • Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 04/24/2018 - 07/22/2018

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