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Identification and Creation

Object Number
François-André Vincent, French (Paris 1746 - 1816 Paris)
The Arts Inviting Apelles to Retake His Brushes
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Black ink and white gouache on blue laid paper prepared with brown wash, partial framing lines in brown ink, laid down on cream card
35.3 x 47.2 cm (13 7/8 x 18 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower left, black ink: Vincent / 1815.
  • inscription: signed and dated, lower left, black ink: Vincent / 1815.
  • collector's mark: verso, lower right, black ink: GS [intertwined] [Lugt 3863, mark of Germain Seligman]


Recorded Ownership History
Possibly Marie-Gabrielle Capet, Paris; Louis-Cantien Boivin, Boutervilliers, by descent; Henri Baderou, Rouen (by 1969); Germain Seligman, Paris and New York (his mark, L.3863, mount, verso, lower right); Lucien Goldschmidt, New York; Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, The Melvin R. Seiden Fund, Louise Haskell Daly Fund, and Paul J. Sachs Memorial Fund, inv. no. 1985.50

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Melvin R. Seiden Fund, Louise Haskell Daly Fund and Paul J. Sachs Memorial Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Jacques Seligmann, Master Drawings, exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann & Co. (New York, 1970), cat. no. 30
  • Jean-Pierre Cuzin, François-André Vincent, 1746-1816, Galerie de Bayser (Paris, 1988), cat. no. 66, pp. 23, 78
  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Barbara Brejon de Lavergnée, Jean-Francois Méjanès, Alain Mérot, Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Sophie Raux-Carpentier, William W. Robinson, Marianne Roland Michel, and Pierre Rosenberg, Mastery & Elegance: Two Centuries of French Drawings from the Collection of Jeffrey E. Horvitz, exh. cat., ed. Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1998), pp. 312, 381-n.8
  • Jeffrey Fontana, Timeless Beauty: Representing the Ideal in Necoclassical Drawing, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1999), cat. no. 43, p. 12
  • Jean-Pierre Cuzin and Isabelle Mayer-Michalon, François-André Vincent, 1746-1816: entre Fragonard et David, Arthena (Paris, 2013), cat. no. 677 D, pp. 289, 504
  • 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. 102, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Master Drawings, Jacques Seligmann & Co., 10/31/1970 - 11/21/1970
  • Timeless Beauty: Representing the Ideal in Neoclassical Drawing, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/07/1999 - 10/31/1999
  • HAA 271x The Origins of Modernity: The "New" 18th Century Rotation #1: Large Niche (S426A) Spring 2011, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 01/14/2011 - 03/05/2011
  • 32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/05/2016 - 09/13/2016

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