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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Théodore Géricault, French (Rouen 1791 - 1824 Paris)
Lithographic printing matrix for “Lion Devouring a Horse”
Other Titles
Former Title: Lion Devouring a Horse
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Lithographic ink on prepared paper ("stone paper") mounted to paper board
27.4 × 37 × 0.5 cm (10 13/16 × 14 9/16 × 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: verso, on paper board, serrated edges: [printed:] LUCIEN LEREBVRE-FOINET / 19, Rue Vavin et 2. Rue Brea. PARIS - VIe / [stamped:] 2873 / [printed:] COULEURS ET TOILES FINES
  • label: verso, on paper board, lower right, printed text: JAMES BOURLET & SONS Ltd., / Fine Art Packers, Frame Makers, / B37579 / 17 & 18, NASSAU STREET, / MORTIMER STREET, W. / Phones: - Museum 1871 & 7588.
  • label: verso, on paper board, upper center, handwritten text: [black ink:] Carteri ari signal de / Géricault / Lion dévourant un cheval. / Clément a 44 [crossed out] no. 102. [underlined] / (Loys Delteill No. 46) [over graphite:] 6 / [illegible] / [illegible]
  • stamp: verso, on paper board, lower left, blue ink: DOUANE / EXPORTATION / PARIS / CENTRALE [encircled]
  • stamp: verso, on paper board, middle right, blue ink: DOUANE / EXPORTATION / PARIS / CENTRALE [encircled]
M. de Musigny, sold [through his sale, commissaire-priseur Bonnefons de la Vialle, Paris, March 8, 1845, lot 61]. Possibly François-Martial Marcille, Paris, by descent; to Camille Constantin Marcille (Lugt 605a), his son, Paris and Oisème, 1856, sold [through his sale, Hôtel Drouot, commissaire-priseur Charles Pillet, March 6-9, 1876, lot 84]; to M. Gerard. [Maurice Gobin, Paris, by 1935]. [1] Philip Hofer, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1960

[1] Gobin includes the stone in the 1935 exhibition "Dessins, aquarelles & gouaches par Gericault."
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Catalogue de Tableaux et Dessins formant la collection de feu M. Camille Marcille, auct. cat., Hôtel Drouot (Paris, March 3-7, 1876), p. 32, lot no. 84

Dessins, aquarelles & gouaches de Géricault, 1791-1824, exh. cat., Maurice Gobin (Paris, 1935), no. 49

Henri Zerner, "Théodore Géricault: Artist of Man and Beast", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 480-486, p. 484, repr. as fig. 4

Hans A. Lüthy, "Master Drawings by Gericault", Master Drawings (Winter 1986), vol. XXIII-XXIV, no. 4, p. 566

Germain Bazin, Théodore Géricault: Etude critique, documents, et catalogue raisonné, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, France, 1987 -1997), vol. 7, no. 2338A, repr., also pp. 10, 11, 31, 32, 40

Agnes Mongan, David to Corot: French Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1996), cat. no. 178, repr.

Marjorie B. Cohn and Clare I. Rogan, Touchstone: 200 Years of Artists' Lithographs, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), p. 53, no. 34

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), p. 57, repr. p. 56 as fig. 15

Christina Taylor, "Géricault's 'Stone Paper'", Index Magazine, Harvard Art Museums ([e-journal], October 25, 2018),, accessed January 31, 2019

Christina Taylor, Georgina Rayner, Christopher Wallace, and Katherine Eremin, "Géricault's Lion Devouring a Horse Stone Paper Matrix: Technical Study", Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Routledge / Taylor & Francis (2020), pp.1-14, pp. 1-14,

Exhibition History

The Age of Romanticism, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 03/15/1986 - 05/18/1986

Touchstone: 200 Years of Artists' Lithographs, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/15/1998 - 11/01/1998; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 07/17/1999 - 09/26/1999; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, 09/30/1999 - 12/10/2000; William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Museum, Chapel Hill, 02/04/2001 - 05/13/2001

Mutiny: Works by Géricault, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/01/2018 - 01/06/2019

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