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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Charles Le Brun, French (Paris 1619 - 1690 Paris)
The Rhône and the Saône
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Le Rhone et la Saone
Work Type
17th century
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Physical Descriptions

Gray wash and black chalk on cream antique laid paper, framing lines in red chalk, laid down
irregular: 24.8 x 40.3 cm (9 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: none
  • inscription: lower left, black chalk: 11o [line above the "o"]
  • inscription: lower left, black chalk: le Brun
  • inscription: lower center, black chalk: B 135o ["o" in superscript]
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: 92.1978


Recorded Ownership History
Germain Seligman, New York (his mark, L.3863, lower left); Robert M. Light, Santa Barbara (by 1978); Artemis, New York and 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. 1984.588

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

  • Walter F. Friedländer, Exhibition of French Seventeenth Century Paintings and Drawings, exh. cat., Jacques Seligmann & Co. (New York, 1953), cat. no. 12, pp. 22-23
  • 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), p. 176
  • 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. 48, n.p.
  • Gerold Weber, "Charles Le Brun’s 'Receuil de diverses desseins de Fontaines'", Munchner Jahrbuch der Bildenden Kunst, Prestel Verlag (Munich, 1981), vol. 32, pp. 151-81, p. 177
  • Paul Cummings, "Museum Acquisitions", Drawing, Broadaxe Press (New York, 1985), vol. 7, p. 43, p. 43
  • Betsy Rosasco, "Review: Brunnen und Wasserkünste in Frankreich im Zeitalter von Louis XIV, mit einem typengeschichtlichen Überblick über die französischen Brunnen ab 1500", The Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (1987), vol. 69, no. 1, March, pp. 143-49, p. 148
  • Mark Brady, Old Master Drawings, exh. cat., W. M. Brady & Co., Inc. (New York, 1999), under no. 12, n.p.
  • Diederik Bakhuÿs, Barbara Brejon de Lavergnée, and Elodie Vaysse, L'œil & la main: chefs-d'œuvre du dessin français des XVIe et XVIIe siècles: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen (Rouen, 2019), p. 28
  • 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. 32, repr.

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