Young Woman Carrying A Child On Her Left Shoulder
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Claude Michel, called Clodion, French (Nancy, France 1738 - 1814 Paris, France)
Young Woman Carrying a Child on Her Left Shoulder
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Young Girl Carrying a Child on her Left Shoulder / Maiden in Classical drapery, with garlands on a tray and a putto on her shoulder / Young Girl Dressed in Antique Style, Carrying a Child on her Shoulder / Girl Carrying a Child
Work Type
Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, Rococo and Neoclassicism in the Eighteenth Century
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Physical Descriptions
41.8 x 16 x 18.2 cm (16 7/16 x 6 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: incised into top of integral base: CLODION
  • label: bottom of base, black ink on red and white paper label, handwritten: T.K.S.
  • label: bottom of base?, paper: L55.56.1 [removed by conservation, 1985]
Comtesse Montesquiou-Fezensac, Paris, Her sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris. No. 122 in the sale.
Carlos G. de Candamo, Sold at Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1934. No. 71 in the sale.
Therese Kuhn (Mrs. Herbert N.) Straus, New York, NY, Gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1978.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Therese Kuhn Straus in memory of her husband, Herbert N. Straus, Harvard Class of 1903
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Henri Thirion, Les Adam et Clodion, A. Quantin (Paris, France, 1885), p. 408

French Painting and Sculpture of the XVIII Century, exh. cat., Plantin Press (New York, NY, 1935), no. 102

Anne Poulet and Guilhem Scherf, Clodion 1738-1814, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 1992), p. 385, repr. as fig. 203

Exhibition History

French Painting and Sculpture of the XVIII Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 11/06/1935 - 01/05/1936

Exhibition of the Mrs. Herbert N. Straus Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/13/1978 - 06/17/1978

Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

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4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted