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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Théodore Géricault, French (Rouen 1791 - 1824 Paris)
Family Group from "The Mutiny on the Raft of the Medusa"
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink over graphite on white modern laid paper
20.3 x 29.9 cm (8 x 11 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower right, brown ink: T. Gericault
Possibly Alexandre Colin sale, [thorugh Hôtel Drouot, Paris, December 22, 1859, no. 42 ("Groupe de trois figures, études pour la Méduse, à la plume"; Fr 42)]. Possibly Pierre-Olivier Dubaut, Paris. Claude Roger-Marx, Paris, acquired from him through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, 1929, 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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Publication History

Ira Moskowitz, ed., Great Drawings of All Time (vol. 3), Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York), vol. 3, pl. 728

Charles Martine, Théodore Géricault, Chez Helleu et Sergent (Paris, 1928), pl. 54 (as collection Roger-Marx)

Between the Empires: Géricault, Delacroix, Chassériau, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), pg. 15

Klaus Berger, Géricault: Drawings and Watercolors, H. Bittner and Company (New York, 1946), pg. 28, no. 26, pl. 26 (confuses the present sheet with the variant in the Marillier Collection, Paris)

Agnes Mongan, ed., One Hundred Master Drawings, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1949), p. 142, repr.

Agnes Mongan, Great Drawings of All Time, ed. Ira Moskowitz and Victoria Thorson, Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York, 1962), cat. no. 728, n.p., repr.

Antonio Del Guercio, Géricault, Il Club del Libro (Milan, Italy, 1963), pg. 147, pl. 58

Lorenz Eitner, Gericault's "Raft of the Medusa", Phaidon (London, England, 1972), pl. 28, cat. 35

Frances S. Jowell, "The Raft Unravelled", Apollo (May 1974), vol. 99, p. 383

Henri Zerner, "Théodore Géricault: Artist of Man and Beast", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 480-486, p. 481; p. 486, fig. 8

Wiepke Loos, The Fodor Collection: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings and Watercolors from Amsterdams Historisch Museum, exh. cat., Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University (Hamilton, NY, 1985), pg. 123, no. 125, fig. 26 under no. 45

Germain Bazin, Théodore Géricault: Etude critique, documents, et catalogue raisonné, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, France, 1987 -1997), vol. 6, no. 1214, repr., also pp. 15-16

Michel Schneider, Un Rêve de Pierre: Le Radeau de la Méduse, Gericault., Gallimard (Paris, France, 1991), repr. p. 141 [color]

Linda Nochlin, "Géricault and the Absence of Women", Géricault, ed. Régis Michel (Paris, 1996), pg. 59, fig. 31

Agnes Mongan, David to Corot: French Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1996), pp. 174-75, no. 175, fig. 175

Linda Nochlin, Representing Women, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1999), p. 59, and repr. fig. 31

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. 39, 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. 39, repr.

Bela Mitricová-Middelbos, Schizophrénie et création artistique (Paris, 2013), repr. as ill. 7 p. 59; p. 143

M. J. Andersen, "'Mutiny: Works by Géricault' Review: Equine Passions and Anxieties", The Wall Street Journal (September 10, 2018), repr.

Exhibition History

Exposition du 5 au 21 décembre 1935 de dessins, aquarelles & gouaches par Géricault, 1791-1824, Galerie Maurice Gobin, Paris

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

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

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

HAA 10 Survey Course: The Western Tradition, Art Since the Renaissance, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/08/2008 - 04/06/2008

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

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