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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Charles Le Brun, French (Paris 1619 - 1690 Paris)
Allegorical Design with Apollo and Neptune
Work Type
17th century
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Physical Descriptions

Black chalk, brown and gray wash, and touches of brown ink on cream antique laid paper, framing lines in graphite, black chalk, brown ink, and brown wash, laid down on a decorated mount
34.6 × 22.8 cm (13 5/8 × 9 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: none visible--laid down
  • inscription: mount, in a cartouche, lower center, black ink: Carolus / Le Brun
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower right, graphite: S4=40t [illegible]
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower left, graphite: 43.1978


Recorded Ownership History
Possibly Pierre Crozat, Paris; possibly his sale, Paris, Pierre-Jean Mariette, 10 April-13 May 1741, part of lot 1010; Pierre-Jean Mariette, Paris (his mark, L.1852, mount, lower right); his sale, Basan, Paris, 15 November 1775-30 January 1776, possibly part of lot 1179; possibly Augustin Pajou, Paris; Germain Seligman, New York (his mark, L.3863, mount, lower left); Robert M. Light, Santa Barbara (by 1978); Artemis, New York; Seiden and de Cuevas, Inc., New York; Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Melvin R. Seiden Fund and Louise Haskell Daly Fund, inv. no. 1984.589

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. 78, pp. 40, 175-76
  • 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. 50, n.p.
  • Pierre Rosenberg and Laure Barthélemy-Labeeuw, Les dessins de la collection Mariette: école française, Electa (Milan, 2011), cat. no. F 2244, p. 829
  • 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. 29
  • 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 31a, 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

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