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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gérard de Lairesse, Dutch (Liège 1641 - 1711 Amsterdam)
Previously attributed to Juriaen Ovens, Dutch (Tonning, Schleswig-Holstein 1623 - 1678 Friedrichstadt)
Adoration of the Magi
Work Type
17th-18th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink, touches of black chalk on two pieces of off-white antique laid paper, partial framing line in black ink reinforced in graphite
12.8 x 18.9 cm (5 1/16 x 7 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: fragment of old mount adhered to verso, brown ink and graphite: [brown ink] Presented to me by my old friend / Miles, on the 14th: Jany: 1797 / The above men: made by the late Mr. Daniel (the / celebrated Miniature Painter) at whose sale this / Drawing was purchased / [graphite] Parmigianino
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite, abraded: G de L... [?]
  • inscription: lower right, black ink, abraded: G... L...resse
  • watermark: possibly in mounting paper: fragment of three balls, probably from a foolscap
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: O
Miles; to W. Daniel [William Daniel?]. [E. Weyhe, New York; without his mark], sold; to Meta and Paul J. Sachs (L. 2091, without his mark), Cambridge, Massachusett, 1945; bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, checklist, Unpublished (1954), cat. no. 75, p. 18

Agnes Mongan, Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965]: given and bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1965), p. 206 (as Juriaen Ovens)

Joseph Meder, The Mastery of Drawing, Abaris Books (New York, 1978), plate 177

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, "A Census of Drawings from the Holy Roman Empire, 1540-1680, in North...", Central European History (March 1985), vol. 18, checklist, p. 97

Exhibition History

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/01/1954 - 04/30/1954

Drawings fom the Holy Roman Empire, 1540-1680, a Selection from North American Collections, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, 10/03/1982 - 11/22/1982; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/27/1983 - 04/11/1983; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 04/23/1983 - 06/19/1983

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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