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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French (Paris 1686 - 1755 Beauvais)
The Scythian Philosopher
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Scene from the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine: The Woodcutter and the Forest
Work Type
18th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black ink and gray wash, heightened with white white gouache, on blue antique laid paper
31 × 25.7 cm (12 3/16 × 10 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower left, brown ink: JB. Oudry / 1733
  • inscription: signed and dated, lower left, brown ink: JB. Oudry / 1733
  • inscription: laid down--none visible
One of a series of drawings for illustrations to the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine bound in two albums sold by the artist to Louis-Regnard de Montenault, Paris (c. 1751); Jean-Jacques and Marie-Jacques de Bure, Paris (De Bure Frères, Booksellers, by 1828); Jean-Jacques de Bure, Paris, by descent (as of 1847); his sale, Paris, Potier, 1-18 December 1853, lot 344; Comte Adolphe-Narcisse Thibaudeau, Paris; Eugénie Doche, Paris; Auguste Fontaine, Bookseller, Paris; Félix Solar, Paris (1856); his sale, Paris, Pillet, 19 November-8 December 1860, lot 627; Baron Isidore Taylor, Paris; private sale to Damascène Morgand and Charles Fatout, Booksellers, Paris (c. 1876); private sale to Émile Pereire, Paris; private sale to Louis Roederer, Reims; his nephew, Léon Olry-Roderer, Reims and Paris, by descent; Thomas Agnew and Sons Ltd., London; Abraham Simon Wolf Rosenbach and the Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia and New York (as of 1923); private sale to Raphael Esmerian, New York (c. 1946); his sale, Paris, Palais Galliera (Ader, Picard, Tajan), 6 June 1973, part 3, lot 46; one album sold to the British Rail Pension Fund, London (resold at Sotheby’s on 3 July 1996 in London, which has remained intact) and the other album (the source of the present drawing) sold to Art Associates Partnership (Dr. Claus Virch), New York, who sold the sheets individually; sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 25 January 2002, lot 105, sold; to Jeffrey E. Horvitz, Boston, gift; to Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Jeffrey E. Horvitz, 2006.331
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Jeffrey E. Horvitz
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Jean Locquin, "Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre de Jean-Baptiste Oudry: peintre du roi (1686-1755)" , Archives de l'art français, Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1912), vol. 6, pp. 1-209, cat. no. 1189, p. 172

Hal N. Opperman, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Garland (New York, 1977), vol. 3, cat. no. D461, p. 673

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