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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jacques-Louis David, French (Paris 1748 - 1825 Brussels)
Sketchbook No. 20: Studies for "The Coronation of Napoleon"
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

21.8 x 17.1 cm (8 9/16 x 6 3/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
David sale, A.N. Pérignon, Paris, April 17, 1826, and following days, no. 75 or 79; Mme la duchesse de Bassano; Mlle de Bassano, Paris; acquired from her through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, November 1937 ($66,000 for cat nos. 19 and 20); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art


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Bound quarto volume, three-quarters green parchment binding, green marbled boards.
The sketchbook is numbered in two sequences from front (the cover inscribed "No. 20") to back, and from back to front, the latter, smaller sequence being "upside down." Several pages are not numbered; in the database these have been given numbers ending in "A." Several numbered pages (pages 6 and 15) are missing, and database records have not been made for these. For a complete description of the sketchbook and the individual pages, see Agnes Mongan, "David to Corot: French Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum," Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1996, cat. no. 72.

Publication History

  • Charles Saunier, "Les dessins de David", L'Art Vivant (December 15, 1925), no. 24, pp. 13-18, pp. 15-16
  • Charles Saunier, "Le dessin de Louis David", Le Dessin (September 1929), no. 5, pg. 413
  • Jacqueline Bouchot-Saupique, "Quelques dessins de David au musée de Besançon", Bulletin de la Societe de l'Histoire de l'Art francais (1929), pp. 219-225, pp. 219-220
  • Richard Cantinelli, Jacques-Louis David, 1748-1825, Les Editions G. van Oest (Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium, 1930), p. 120
  • David Lloyd Dowd, Pageant-Master of the Republic, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, Nebraska, 1948), pg. 195
  • Agnes Mongan, ed., One Hundred Master Drawings, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1949), pg. 128
  • Agnes Mongan, "The Fogg Art Museum's Collection of Drawings", Harvard Library Bulletin, Harvard University (Cambridge, 1958), vol. 3, no. 2, March, pp. 5-9, p. 205
  • Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), cat. no. 102b
  • Arlette Sérullaz, "Quelques dessins néo-classiques conservés à la Bibliothèque Thiers, La Revue du Louvre (1974), vol. 6, pp. 417-420, p. 417 note 3
  • Arlette Sérullaz, Le néo-classicisme française: Dessins des musées de province., exh. cat. (Paris, 1974), pg. 417, no. 3
  • Agnes Mongan, "Some Drawings by David from his Roman Album I", Etudes d'art français offertes à Charles Sterling, Presses Universitaires de France (Paris, 1975), pp. 319-326, p. 319
  • Antoine Schnapper, David, témoin de son temps, La Bibliothèque des Arts and Office du Livre (Paris; Fribourg, 1980), pg. 234
  • Gloria Rexford Newhouse, "A Newly Identified Drawing by Jacques-Louis David", The Stanford Museum (1982-1983), vols. 12-13, pp. 19, 20, and nos. 10, 11
  • Heather McPherson, "Historical Fiction: David, Marat, and Napoleon", Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (1991), vol. 21, pp. 177-196, p. 196, notes 38-41
  • Lorenz Eitner, Betsy G. Fryberger, and Carol M. Osborne, Stanford University Museum of Art: The Drawing Collection, Stanford University Museum of Art (Seattle and London, 1993), pp. 168-169, notes 2 and 3
  • Aileen Ribeiro, The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France 1750 to 1820, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1995), p. 159
  • Agnes Mongan, David to Corot: French Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1996), cat. no. 71, all pages repr.
  • Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Jacques-Louis David 1748-1825: Catalogue raisonné des dessins, Leonardo Arte (Milan, 2002), cat. nos. 1672-1732, pp. 1068-1091, cat. no. 1672 (front pastedown), cat. no. 1732 (back pastedown)
  • Vincent Pomarède, "La Collection Winthrop: A la recherche de la beauté pure", L'Estampille/L'Objet d'art (April 2003), no. 379, pp. 34-45, p. 42
  • Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 20, repr. (color), pp. 28, 29
  • Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 20, repr.
  • Sylvain Laveissière, Le Sacre de Napoléon peint par David, exh. cat., Musée du Louvre (Paris, 2004), p. 81
  • Louis-Antoine Prat, Le dessin français au XIXe siècle, Somogy Éditions d'Art (Paris, 2011), pp. 57, 59, 60
  • Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 140-141, 283, back pastedown repr. p. 140 as fig. 5
  • 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), p. 16

Exhibition History

  • Exposition David et ses elèves, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Paris, 04/07/1913 - 06/09/1913
  • Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969
  • A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004
  • Under Cover: Artists' Sketchbooks, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2006 - 10/22/2006
  • 32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 03/11/2015

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