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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Attributed to Charles-Norbert Roëttiers, French (1720 - 1772)
Previously attributed to Edme Bouchardon, French (Chaumont-en-Bassigny 1698 - 1762 Paris)
Medal Design for the Action off St. Cast: ANGLIS AB AIGUILONIO DUCE PROFLIGATIS
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Red chalk and graphite with touches of white gouache, and guidelines in graphite on cream antique laid paper, laid down on cream antique laid paper, with blue antique laid paper border adhered to face
diameter: 20.7 cm (8 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: None visible–drawing laid down


Recorded Ownership History
Robert Carfrae, Scotland, sold at Glendining & Co., London, 1990. Sale, November 28, 1990, no. 320. The drawing was acquired by Robert Carfrae (1820-1900) during the 19th century, and was consigned to auction ninety years after his death.
Cyril Humphris, London, purchased from Glendining & Co., 1990, sold at Sotheby's, New York, 1995. Sale Jan. 10, 1995, lot 64
Vermeer Associates Limited, Brampton, Ontario, purchased from Sotheby's, New York, 1995, sold to HUAM, 2000, 2000. long-term loan to HUAM, 1995-2000

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Special Purchase Fund in honor of Hope and Julian Edison
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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The Genius of Brittany attaches a shield, inscribed VIRTUS/ DUCIS/ ET/ MILIT to a palm; to the right Mars, in armor, attaches another, this inscribed VIRTUS/ NOBILIT./ ET/ POP.ARM; an armorial shield lies at the base of the tree / AD SANCTUM CASTUM / XI SEPT. / M.DCC.LVIII

Publication History

  • Daniel Fearon, "An Album of Drawings: Jeton and Medal Designs by Edme Bouchardon and Other Hands", The Medal (1991), no. 19, Autumn, no. 23, p. 35, reproduced in b/w
  • 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), p. 18

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