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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1956.250
People
Hubert Robert, French (Paris 1733 - 1808 Paris)
Title
The See-Saw
Other Titles
Original Language Title: La Bascule
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1786
Culture
French
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/296650
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black ink, brown wash, and watercolor over traces of black chalk on off-white antique laid paper, framing lines in black ink, laid down on cream antique laid paper with blue antique laid paper borders adhered to face
Dimensions
44.8 × 32.5 cm (17 5/8 × 12 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: signed, in drawing, on tomb, lower right, gray wash: Robert
  • inscription: in drawing, on tomb, lower right, gray wash: QUI SE / EXALTAT / HUMILIAEIT / ET QUI SE / HUMILIAEIT [illegible] / UXALTABITUR
  • inscription: signed, in drawing, on tomb, lower right, gray wash: Robert
  • watermark: none visible; laid down
Provenance
Charles E. Dunlap, New York; Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles E. Dunlap, inv. no. 1956.250
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles E. Dunlap
Accession Year
1956
Object Number
1956.250
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

French Painting, 1100-1900, exh. cat., Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, 1951), cat. no. 153, n.p.

Victor Carlson, Hubert Robert: Drawings & Watercolors , exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, 1978-1979), cat. no. 56, pp. 138-39

Jutta Held, Monument und Volk: Vorrevolutionäre Wahrnehmung in Bildern des Ausgehenden Ancien Régime, Böhlau Verlag (Cologne, 1990), p. 494

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., "To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 2005), cat. no. 28, p. 8

Nina L. Dubin, Futures & Ruins: Eighteenth-Century Paris and the Art of Hubert Robert, Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, 2010), p. 187

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), p. 165, repr. p. 166 as fig. 2

Exhibition History

French Painting, 1100-1900, Carnegie Institute, 10/18/1951 - 12/02/1951

Hubert Robert: Drawings & Watercolors, National Gallery of Art, 11/19/1978 - 01/21/1979

"To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/17/2005 - 03/12/2006

Around Antique: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (Teaching Gallery) S421, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/14/2010 - 09/04/2010

32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/19/2015 - 05/05/2016

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