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Identification and Creation
Object Number
François Boucher, French (Paris 1703 - 1770 Paris)
Boy Holding an Egg
Other Titles
Former Title: Study of a Boy Holding and Egg
Work Type
18th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Red and white chalk on tan antique laid paper
irregular: 22.8 x 17.3 cm (9 x 6 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower left, brown ink: f. Boucher f.
  • watermark: none
The Swetzoff Gallery, Boston, 1964, sold; to Agnes Mongan, Cambridge, MA, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1982, inv. no. 1982.127
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Agnes Mongan
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century French Drawings & Prints with a Selection of Drawings by J.A.D Ingres, checklist, Archer M. Huntington Gallery (Austin, 1977), checklist no. 3, n.p.

Beverly Schreiber Jacoby, "François Boucher's Early Development as a Draughtsman, 1720-1734" (1986), Garland Publishing, Inc., cat.. no. III.B.2, p. 272, repr.

Alan Wintermute, Watteau and His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750, exh. cat., Merrell Holberton Publishers / American Federation of Arts (London, 1999), pp. 186-87

Françoise Joulie, "Natoire and Boucher: Two Studies for a Don Quixote Tapestry", Metropolitan Museum Journal, University of Chicago Press and Metropolitan Museum of Art Press (Chicago and New York, 2004), vol 36, pp. 153-59, p. 156

Sonia Couturier, French Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada / Dessins français du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 2004), pp. 90-91, fig. 57, repr.

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), p. 148, repr. p. 147 as fig. 2

Exhibition History

Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century French Drawings & Prints with a Selection of Drawings by J.A.D. Ingres, Archer M. Huntington Gallery, Austin, 02/06/1977 - 03/20/1977

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

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