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An etching portrays several figures holding onto a seated man in the center of a dark room, with other figures in the background. At the left of the room, soldiers guard a door, allowing a man inside the room.

An etching portrays a seated man in the center of a dark room. Around him, a woman rests her head on top of his, another woman kisses his hand, and a third woman kneels on the ground in front of him, hugging his waist. At his feet, a man picks a lock that chains both of his ankles together. Behind them to the right, while an elderly woman sleeps in chair, a man pours liquid onto a rag held by another elderly woman. To the left, two soldiers stand by the door, holding it open to allow another man inside. Behind this man, a figure’s hand holds a large knife.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki, German (Danzig, Poland 1726 - 1801 Berlin, Germany)
Calas Bidding Farewell to His Family
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Les adieux de Calas à sa famille
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Etching on cream antique laid paper
image: 29.9 × 42.5 cm (11 3/4 × 16 3/4 in.)
plate: 34.2 × 44.5 cm (13 7/16 × 17 1/2 in.)
sheet: 43 × 58 cm (16 15/16 × 22 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, below image: LES ADIEUX DE CALAS, A SA FAMILLE. / je crains n'aipoint d'autre crainte. / Racine Trag. d'Athalie.
  • inscription: lower center, graphite: Kna [?]
  • inscription: lower right, in plate, below image: Inv. peint, & Gravé par D. Chodowiecki â Berlin. 1768.


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

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Bauer 50

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. 296-296, repr. p. 293 (detail) and p. 296 as fig. 2

Exhibition History

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