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Identification and Creation

Object Number
François Boucher, French (Paris 1703 - 1770 Paris)
Atreus Showing his Brother Thyestes the Heads of His Children
Work Type
c. 1720-1724
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Physical Descriptions

Red, brown, and pink chalk, and graphite on cream antique laid paper, framing line in graphite
35.8 x 24.7 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower right, brown ink: 15 ff
  • inscription: verso, lower edge, graphite: 5 [upside down]
  • collector's mark: lower left: HL [in heart; unidentified, not in Lugt]
  • watermark: none


Recorded Ownership History
Unidentified collector's mark (not in Lugt, lower left); sale, London, Christie's, 29 November 29 1983, lot 102 (as attributed to Michel François Dandré-Bardon), sold; to Jean Montague Massengale; her sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 July 2007, lot 123; John Massengale, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2010, inv. no. 2010.625

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Jean Montague Massengale Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Esther Bell, and Françoise Joulie, Genius & Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700, exh. cat., ed. Alvin L. Clark, Jr., The Horvitz Collection (Boston, 2014), pp. 28, 32-n.10
  • Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 215-216, repr. p. 212 as fig. 1
  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Francesco Buccella, Sonia Couturier, Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, Melissa Hyde, Suzanne Folds McCullagh, Isabelle Mayer-Michalon, and Xavier Salmon, Tradition & Transitions: Eighteenth-Century French Art from The Horvitz Collection, exh. cat., ed. Alvin L. Clark, Jr., The Horvitz Collection (2017), p. 500-n.5

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