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An illustration portrays several ancient Roman figures.

An illustration portrays several ancient Roman figures. Three men stand to the right, two of them reaching out towards a seated female figure on the left. She holds out one arm in their direction. Another female figure sits between the men and the woman, and another woman stands to the far left, leaning on a sculpture’s base. Two women stand behind all six other figures, in the shadows.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jean François Janinet, French (1752 - 1814)
After Jean-Guillaume Moitte, French (Paris 1746 - 1810 Paris)
The Virtue of Lucretia
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Etching and roulette
Image: 24.6 x 52.5 cm (9 11/16 x 20 11/16 in.)
Sheet: 32 x 59.6 cm (12 5/8 x 23 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, right, in graphite: 730511 [in graphite box]
  • inscription: verso, in plate, bottom right: Janinet sculp. 1789.
  • inscription: verso, in plate, bottom center: A.P.D.R.
  • inscription: verso, in plate, bottom left: Moitte Sculpteur del.
  • inscription: recto, center, in blue frame: LA VERTU DE LUCRÉCE / les fils de Tarquin le superbe coyant suprendre / Lucréce femme du collatin: la trouvent occupée au milieu / de ses femmes à filer et à travailler à des ouvrages de laine. / A Paris chez Janinet, rue Haute Feuille N.°5. Et chez Joffroid, md d' Estampes, a Palais Royal, N°.146. / Et auß, chez Mondhar et Jean rue S. Jean de Bauvais.


Recorded Ownership History
[Hill-Stone, Inc., South Dartmouth, Massachusetts], sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2015.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

only state
Standard Reference Number
IFF, vol. XII, no. 153, p. 64; Portalis and Béraldi, no. 71

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Acquisition Fund for Prints
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Victor Carlson and John Ittmann, Regency to Empire: French Printmaking, 1715-1814, exh. cat., Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, 1984), pp. 302-303 [not Harvard impression]
  • Edouard Kopp, Elizabeth M. Rudy, and Kristel Smentek, ed., Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2022), pp. 235-237, repr. p. 229 (detail) and p. 235 as fig. 5

Exhibition History

Verification Level

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