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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French (Paris 1686 - 1755 Beauvais)
Avian Album
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Album of 96 drawings for tapestries
Work Type
18th century
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Physical Descriptions

Parchment covered album with 96 bird studies executed in black ink and watercolor on 83 leaves of off-white antique laid paper (43 x 34.5 cm.). Some drawings have been pasted into the album, others were drawn directly on the album leaves.
44 x 35 x 5 cm (17 5/16 x 13 3/4 x 1 15/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Fogg Art Museum, 1953, inv. no. 1953.75

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Gift
Accession Year
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • An Album of Watercolors by Oudry, Annual Report (Fogg Art Museum) (1954), no. 1953/54 (1954), 10-11
  • Some Animal Drawings by Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Master Drawings (1966), vol. 4, no. 4 (Winter 1966), 390, 402-403 (plates 16-19)
  • Hal N. Opperman, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Garland (New York, 1977), vol. I, pp. 145-46, 146 n. 1, 147-52, 262, 332, 355, 436, 440, 455, 465, 475, 497, vol. II, pp. 605, 607, 711, 766, 784-85, 798-817, 821
  • Edith A. Standen, European post-medieval tapestries and related hangings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1985), pp. 488-495
  • L’animal miroir de l’homme: petit bestiaire du XVIIIe siècle, exh. cat., Musée Cognacq-Jay (Paris, 1996), p. 44
  • Pieter Boel, 1622-1674. Peintre des animaux de Louis XIV. Le fonds des études des Gobelins, exh. cat. (Paris, 2001), pp. 82, 88 (fig. 14), 89, 95, 111, 123, 127
  • Oudry’s Painted Menagerie. Portraits of Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Europe, exh. cat. (Los Angeles, 2008), p.140
  • Deportes catalogue raisonné (Saint-Rémy-en-l’Eau, 2010), II, 22
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, Sara Schechner, and Sarah Anne Carter, Tangible Things: Making History through Objects, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York, 2015), pp. 153, 156-158, 1953.75.60 and 1953.75.81 repr. as figs. 126 and 127
  • Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 137-138

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