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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Théodore Géricault, French (Rouen 1791 - 1824 Paris)
Sketch for Portrait of Olivier Bro
Work Type
c. 1818-1819
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Physical Descriptions
Brown ink on off-white paper
sight: 6.1 × 5.8 cm (2 3/8 × 2 5/16 in.)
mount (sight): 8.8 × 6.5 cm (3 7/16 × 2 9/16 in.)
frame: 20.8 × 18.9 × 3.6 cm (8 3/16 × 7 7/16 × 1 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: mount, below drawing, brown ink: A mon ami / le Duc de Trévise / souvenir de l'enfant au chien / et du boule Dogue, par / Gericault. Bon Bro du Comères
  • label: back of frame, octagonal label with blue border: [printed:] No. / [inscribed, graphite:] Duc de Trévise / et son cadre [?]
General Louis Bro (1781-1844), by descent; to his son, Olivier Bro de Comères (1813-1874), until at least 1924. [1] Édouard Napoléon César Edmond Mortier, Duc de Trévise (1883-1946), Paris, until at least 1939. [2] [Schaeffer Galleries, New York]. [Julius Weitzner, New York and London and R.L.]; [3] sold; to Arthur K. Solomon, Cambridge, 1952; The Arthur K. and Mariot F. Solomon Trust, bequest; to Harvard Art Museums, 2021

[1] Baron Bro de Comères is listed as the owner of the related painting in the 1924 exhibition catalogue
[2] Duc de Trévise is listed as the lender of the painting to the 1939 "French Romantic Artists" exhibition
[3] According to the Weitzner stockbooks, a half share of the painting was owned with "R. L."
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Arthur K. and Mariot F. Solomon Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Germain Bazin, Théodore Géricault: Etude critique, documents, et catalogue raisonné, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, France, 1987 -1997), vol. 5, p. 84, fig. 40, p. 245, no. 1737, repr. p. 245 (before and after stain and inscription)

Exhibition History

The Romantic Circle: French Romantic Painting, Delacroix and his Contemporaries, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 10/15/1952 - 11/30/1952

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

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