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A print portrays two men and four women listening as one man reads from a piece of paper.

A print portrays two men and four women in the center of a room. The two men stand on the left, one leaning over a chair while the other stands next to him and reads from a piece of paper. The four women are on the left, across from the two men. Two women are seated in chairs, while two stand behind them. Three of the four women wear black dresses. The room is made of large stones, a window behind the women is barred, and there are large chains hanging from the wall near the window.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delafosse, French (Paris 1721 - 1775 Paris)
After Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle, French (Paris 1717 - 1806 Paris)
The Miserable Calas Family
Other Titles
Original Language Title: La malheureuse famille Calas
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Etching and engraving on off-white antique laid paper
Etching and engraving
sheet: 34.8 × 42.7 cm (13 11/16 × 16 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, lower left: L.C. De Carmontelle delineavit 1765.
  • inscription: in plate, lower right: Delafoße Sculpsit.
  • inscription: in plate, lower center: LA MALHEUREUSE FAMILLE CALAS. / La Mère, les deux Filles, avec Jeanne Viguiere, leur bonne Servante, le Fils et son ami, le jeune Lavayße / Qualibus in tenebris vitae quantifique periclis / Degitur hoc aevi quodcumque eft. Lucret-. / Avec Privilège du Roi.


Recorded Ownership History
[Galerie Paul Prouté, Paris] sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2019

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
IFF, vol VI, no. 55, p. 207

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

  • 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. 294-296, repr. p. 295 as fig. 1

Exhibition History

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