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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Charles-Norbert Roëttiers, French (1720 - 1772)
Medal Design with Hercules Battling the Lernean Hydra: LABORE ET CONSTANTIA
Work Type
18th century
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Physical Descriptions

Red chalk with traces of graphite, and guidelines in red chalk and graphite on cream antique laid paper, framing lines in red chalk, laid down on cream antique laid paper with blue antique laid paper border adhered to face
diameter: 20.2 cm (7 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, lower edge: C. N. Röettiers filius in. et f.
  • inscription: graphite, lower edge: C.N. Röettiers filius in. et f.
  • 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
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European and American Art

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Hercules wearing a lion skin attacks the Hydra with his club.

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. 25, 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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