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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jean-Baptiste Corneille, French (Paris? 1649 - 1695 Paris)
Christ and the Woman of Canaan
Work Type
17th century
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Brown ink, brown wash, and black chalk, squared in black chalk, on off-white antique laid paper, framing lines in black ink, laid down on cream antique laid paper, partially incised
43.2 × 31.5 cm (17 × 12 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: none
  • inscription: signed, lower left, brown ink: JBCorneille
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: John VIII, 3-11 / 88.1978 P.109-20X
  • inscription: verso, lower left, brown ink: 845 [struckthrough] / No439 ["o" in superscript]
  • inscription: verso, center, graphite: Lugt 2987
  • inscription: verso, center, graphite: P
  • inscription: verso, lower center, graphite: [illegible]


Recorded Ownership History
Baron Johann Goll van Franckenstein, Amsterdam and Velzen (his mark, L.2987, verso); to his son, Johan Goll II van Franckenstein, Amsterdam and Velzen, by descent; Pieter Hendrik Goll van Franckenstein, Amsterdam, by descent; possibly his sale, De Vries, Amsterdam, 1 July and following days 1833; L. X. Lannoy, Amsterdam; his sale, De Vries, Amsterdam, 1-2 December 1893, lot 65 (as "Christ and the Adulterous Woman"); Alister Mathews, Branksome Park, Dorset (by 1964); Germain Seligman, New York (his mark, verso, L.3863, verso, lower left and right); Robert M. Light, Santa Barbara (by 1978); Artemis, London; Seiden and de Cuevas, Inc., New York; Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Melvin R. Seiden Fund and Louise Haskell Daly Fund, inv. no. 1984.584

Acquisition and Rights

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

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Publication History

  • Pierre Rosenberg, French Master Drawings of the 17th & 18th Centuries in North American Collections / Dessins français du 17ème & du 18ème siècles des collections américaines, exh. cat., Secker & Warburg (London, 1972-1973), cat. no. 28, pp. 51, 146-47
  • Per Bjurström, French Drawings: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Nationalmuseum (Stockholm, 1976), n.p.
  • John Richardson, ed., The Collection of Germain Seligman: Paintings, Drawings and Works of Art, E. V. Thaw & Co., Artemis S.A., and David Carritt Ltd. (New York, Luxembourg, and London, 1979), cat. no. 14, n.p.
  • Pierre Rosenberg, Maîtres français, 1550-1800: dessins de la donation Mathias Polakovits à l’École des Beaux-Arts, exh. cat., ed. Natalie Coural, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, 1989), p. 138
  • Philippe Malgouyres, Peintures françaises du xviie siècles: la collection du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen,, Somogy and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen (Paris and Rouen, 2000), p. 36
  • Heinz Widauer, Die Französischen Zeichnungen der Albertina vom Barock bis zum Beginnenden Rokoko, ed. Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Wien Böhlau (Vienna, 2004), p. 151
  • 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. 41, repr.

Exhibition History

  • French Master Drawings of the 17th & 18th Centuries in North American Collections, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 09/02/1972 - 10/15/1972; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 11/03/1972 - 12/17/1972; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 01/12/1973 - 03/11/1973; New York Cultural Center, New York, 04/04/1973 - 05/13/1973
  • Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013

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