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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Théodore Géricault, French (Rouen 1791 - 1824 Paris)
Study for the Start of the Race of the Barberi Horses
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite on cream antique laid paper
36.7 x 47.9 cm (14 7/16 x 18 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: lower right, stamp, black ink: P.O.D. [encircled] [Lugt 2103b, mark of Pierre Olivier Dubaut]
Alexandre Colin, sold [through his sale, Delbergue-Cormont, Paris, December 22, 1859, no. 59]. (?) Leloir. Marie Joseph François Mahérault, sold [through his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 27-29, 1880, part of no. 74 (Fr 160)]; to Jean Dollfus, sold [through his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 4, 1912, part of no. 54 (Fr 175 for three drawings)]. Pierre-Olivier Dubaut, Paris (Lugt 2103b). Grenville L. Winthrop via Martin Birnbaum, New York, NY, 1932, bequest; to 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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Publication History

Charles Clément, "Catalogue de l'oeuvre de Géricault (Suite et fin). Dessins.", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (October 1867), no. 138, no. 58

Charles Clément, Géricault; étude biographique et critique avec le Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre du maitre, Didier et cie. (Paris, France, 1879), pg. 339, no. 60

"The Violence of Géricault", Foreground (1946), vol. 1, repro. facing pg. 146

Klaus Berger, Géricault: Drawings and Watercolors, H. Bittner and Company (New York, 1946), no. 17, pl. 17

Charles Clément, Géricault. Etude biographique et critique avec le catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre du maître, Léonce Laget (Paris, 1973), suppl., pg. 464, no. 60

Henri Zerner, "Théodore Géricault: Artist of Man and Beast", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 480-486, pp. 481, 484, fig. 3

Lorenz Eitner, Géricault: His Life and Work, Orbis Publishing Ltd. (London, England, 1983), pp. 128-29, fig. 114

Philippe Grunchec, Master Drawings by Géricault, exh. cat., International Exhibitions Foundation (Washington, DC, 1985), pg. 83, fig. 33a

Germain Bazin, Théodore Géricault: Etude critique, documents, et catalogue raisonné, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, France, 1987 -1997), vol. 4, no. 1355, repr., also pp. 70, 71

Agnes Mongan, David to Corot: French Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1996), cat. no. 170, repr.

Wheelock Whitney, Gericault in Italy, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1997), pp. 136-39, fig. 176

Jeffrey Fontana, Timeless Beauty: Representing the Ideal in Necoclassical Drawing, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1999), checklist no. 22

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. 35, repr. (color)

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. 36, repr.

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 167, 169, 284, repr. p. 168 as fig. 3

André du Bouchet, La peinture n'a jamais existé: écrits sur l'art 1949-1999, Le Bruit du Temps (Paris, 2017), pp.46-47, repr. p. 47

Exhibition History

Between the Empires: Géricault, Delacroix, Chasseriau--Painters of the Romantic Movement, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/30/1946 - 06/01/1946

Timeless Beauty: Representing the Ideal in Neoclassical Drawing, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/07/1999 - 10/31/1999

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

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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