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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin, French (Paris 1724 - 1780 Paris)
Humiliation of Vitellius
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black and red chalk with touches of black-ink wash on cream antique laid paper, framing lines in brown ink and red chalk, laid down on cream antique laid paper
21.8 x 16.8 cm (8 9/16 x 6 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower left, black ink: g d S
  • watermark: none visible; laid down
  • inscription: dated, upper left, black ink: 27 mai 1766
  • inscription: across top, black ink: au toi que l'inde a vu [illegible] de sang humain, ton [illegible] instable tu suis sur la teste coupable [illegible] a [illegible] inevitable main [illegible]
  • inscription: upper center, brown ink: effranchis vau chapeau oreille [illegible]
  • inscription: monogrammed, lower left, black ink: g d S
  • inscription: lower center, graphite: Vitellius Germanicus.
  • inscription: verso, lower left, blue ink: Seiferheld / 6916
  • inscription: mount, verso, upper center, black ink: Vitellius est conduit au supplice / par Gabriel de Saint-Aubin / Collection H. Destailleur. Paris 26 mai 1893 / piece 17 du receuil no. 112 (Vente 19 mai 1896 no. 873) / Collection J. Gerbeau - Paris 18 mai 1908 - no. 120 / reproduit / Collection Féral / Dessin pour la planche 47 de l'Abrege de / l'histoire romaine / No 953 du Catalogue de E. Dacier / (Gabriel de St. Aubin) Second volume (Editions / Van Oest - Paris 1931) page 180 / Cite dans Goncourt (L'art du 18c Siecle) / Second volume - page 235
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower center, graphite and red chalk: 8 1/2 x 6 5/8 ins / 213 x 168 mm.
Hippolyte-Alexandre-Gabriel-Walter Destailleur, Paris (without his marks, L.740 or L.1303); his sale, Drouot (Delestre), Paris, 26-27 May 1893, part of lot 112, sold; to J. Bouillon; Jules Gerbeau, Paris (without his marks, L.1165 or L.1166); his estate sale, Drouot (Bizouard and Baudoin), Paris, 18 May 1908, lot 120, sold; to Jules Féral, Paris; David E. Rust, Washington, gift; to Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of David E. Rust, inv. no. 1982.107
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of David E. Rust
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt, L'art du dix-huitième siècle, A. Quantin (Paris, 1880-1882), vol. 2, p. 235

Émile Dacier, Gabriel de Saint-Aubin: peintre, dessinateur et graveur, 1724-1780, Les Editions G. van Oest (Paris, 1929-1931), vol. 2, cat. no. 953, p. 180

Richard P. Wunder, 17th & 18th Century European Drawings, exh. cat., October House (New York, 1966-1967), cat. no. 42

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), p. 46, repr. p. 44 as fig. 3

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Francesco Buccella, Sonia Couturier, Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, Melissa Hyde, Suzanne Folds McCullagh, Isabelle Mayer-Michalon, and Xavier Salmon, Tradition & Transitions: Eighteenth-Century French Art from The Horvitz Collection, exh. cat., ed. Alvin L. Clark, Jr., The Horvitz Collection (2017), pp. 206, 515-n.2

Exhibition History

17th & 18th Century European Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 08/01/1966 - 07/31/1967

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