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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jacques Callot, French (Nancy 1592 - 1635 Nancy)
Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, Gaston d'Orléans, and Attendants
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, Gaston d'Orléans and Attendants at the Siege of the Fortress of Saint Martin on the Ile de Ré
Work Type
c. 1629
French, Lorrainese
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Physical Descriptions

Black chalk and graphite on cream antique laid paper, incised, laid down on decorated mount
16.8 x 22.7 cm (6 5/8 x 8 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: mount, lower center, brown ink: Jaques Callot. né à Nancy. 1593.
  • inscription: mount, lower right, graphite: 8 [encircled]
  • inscription: mount, verso, upper center, brown ink: £125 [illegible] / Given me by Mr. ["r." in superscript] Hickman.
  • inscription: mount, verso, upper right, graphite: M 095665 / 02
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower right, graphite: 57762 R
  • collector's mark: lower right, black ink: Jonathan Richardson, Sr. (L.2183)
  • collector's mark: mount, lower right, black ink: L.2372, L.s.2372, and L.2970


Recorded Ownership History
André-Charles Boulle, Paris (according to Mariette), sold; to Monsieur Haye, London; Hickman, United Kingdom (according to inscription on mount); Jonathan Richardson, Sr., London (his mark, L.2183); possibly his sale 26 January 1747, possibly part of lot 55; Alleyne Fitzherbert, 1st Baron St. Helens, London and Somersal Herbert Hall, Derbyshire (his mark, L.2372, mount, lower right); possibly his sale, Christie's, London, 26 May 1840, lot 9; sale, Sotheby's, New York, 14 January 1992, lot 83; Kate de Rothschild, London, sold; to Vermeer Associates, New York, sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1993.164

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Purchase Fund and Richard Norton Memorial Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Pierre-Jean Mariette, Abécédario de P. J. Mariette et autres notes inédites de cet amateur sur les arts et les artistes, ed. Charles-Phillippe, Marquis de Chennevières-Pointel and Anatole de Montaiglon, J.-B. Dumoulin (Paris, 1851 -1860), vol. 1, pp. 283-84
  • Edouard Meaume, Recherches sur la vie et les ouvrages de Jacques Callot: suite au peintre-graveur français de M. Robert-Dumesnil, Ludwig Lazarus (Würzburg, 1860), vol. 1, pp. 245-46
  • Edmond Bruwaert, Vie de Jacques Callot: graveur lorrain, (1592-1635), Imprimerie Nationale (Paris, 1912), p. 137
  • Jules Lieure, Jacques Callot, Gazette des Beaux-Arts (Paris, 1924-1927), vol. 3, p. 7
  • Daniel Ternois, "Dessins de Jacques Callot pour le 'Siège de l'Ile de Ré", Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français, Libraire Armand Colin (Paris, 1959), pp. 25-30, pp. 26-27
  • Daniel Ternois, Jacques Callot: Catalogue de son œuvre dessiné, Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1962), p. 127
  • Daniel Ternois, L'Art de Jacques Callot, Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1962), pp. 119, 162, 195
  • Jean-Marc Depluvrez, Jacques Callot, 1592-1635, exh. cat., ed. Paulette Choné and Daniel Ternois, Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, 1992), p. 373
  • Jean Lepoire, "A propos de la gravure de Callot: Le siège de la citadelle de Saint-Martin, dans l'Île de Ré—Préludes au siège de La Rochelle", Le Pays Lorrain: Journal de la Société d'Archéologie Lorraine et du Musée Historique Lorrain, Imprimerie Bialec (Nancy, 1994), vol. 75, no. 1, January-March, pp. 1-22, pp. 20-22
  • Hilliard T. Goldfarb, "Review: Exhibitions in Nancy on the Art of Lorraine at the Time of Jacques Callot", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (New York, 1995), vol. 33, no. 1, Spring, pp. 64-68, pp. 64-68
  • Daniel Ternois, Jacques Callot: Catalogue de son œuvre dessiné, Supplément (1962-1998), Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1999), cat. no. S.1487, pp. 8, 34-35, 73, 93
  • Sue Welsh Reed, Richelieu: Art and Power, exh. cat., ed. Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal/Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon (Montreal and Cologne, 2002), cat. no. 33, pp. 111-17, 391
  • Pierre Rosenberg, From Callot to Greuze: French Drawings from Weimar, exh. cat., ed. David Mandrella, Hermann Mildenberger, Benjamin Perronnet, and Pierre Rosenberg, G + H (Berlin, 2005-2006), cat. no. 4, pp. 50-52
  • Pierre Rosenberg, Dessins français du Musée de Darmstadt: XVIe, XVIIe, et XVIIIe siècles, exh. cat., ed. Dominique Cordellier, Peter Märker, and Pierre Rosenberg, Gourcuff Fradenigo and Hessisches Landesmuseum (Montreuil and Darmstadt, 2007), p. 88
  • Matthias Waschek, Marjorie B. Cohn, Judith Mann, and Stephan Wolohojian, Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, 2008), cat. no. 42, pp. 35, 38
  • Paola Pacht Bassani, Richelieu à Richelieu: Architecture et décors d'un château disparu, exh. cat., ed. Alexandre Gady and Paola Pacht Bassani, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, 2011), pp. 248-250
  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr. and Edouard Kopp, French Drawings from the Age of Claude, Poussin, Watteau, and Fragonard: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2022), cat. no. 5, repr., p. 18

Exhibition History

  • Collecting for Harvard: Works Acquired through the Generosity of Melvin R. Seiden, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/03/1993 - 08/15/1993
  • Richelieu: Art and Power, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 09/18/2002 - 01/05/2003; Wallraf-Richartz-Museum / Fondation Corboud, Cologne, 01/31/2003 - 05/04/2003
  • Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 10/24/2008 - 10/03/2009
  • 32Q: 2400 French/Italian/Spanish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/08/2016 - 07/21/2016

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