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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Three Views of a Military Drummer
Work Type
c. 1713
Physical Descriptions
Red chalk on cream antique laid paper, framing lines in black ink, laid down on off-white card
15.5 x 19.6 cm (6 1/8 x 7 11/16 in.)
Jean-Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (1745-1830), Paris; to his son, Louis-Pierre-Martin Norblin de la Gourdaine (1781-1854), Paris, by descent; to Baronne de Conantré, Paris; to her daughter, Baronne de Rublé, Paris, by descent; to her daughter, Mme de Witte (nee Éliane Isnards), Paris, by descent; to her daughter, Marquise de Bryas (Orange) (nee Germaine de Witte) (d. 1958), Suze-la-Rousse. [Galerie Cailleux, Paris], sold; to John S. Newberry, 1958, New York, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1964
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of John S. Newberry
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Edmond de Goncourt, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, dessiné et gravé d'Antoine Watteau, Rapilly (Paris, 1875), under cat. nos. 413, 482, 617

Jean Cailleux, "Four Studies of Soliders by Watteau: An Essay on the Chronology of Military Subjects", The Burlington Magazine, The Burlington Magazine Publications, Ltd. (London, 1959), vol. 101, no. 678-79, September-October, n.p., pp. ii-v, vii, fig. 11, repr.

Agnes Mongan, Great Drawings of All Time, ed. Ira Moskowitz, Shorewood Publishers Inc. (New York, 1962), cat. no. 681, n.p., repr.

Agnes Mongan, "Three Views of a Drummer by Antoine Watteau", Acquisitions (Fogg Art Museum), Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1964), pp. 42-48, pp. 42-48, fig. 1, repr.

Agnes Mongan, "A Watteau Drawing after Rubens", Acquisitions (Fogg Art Museum), Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1965), pp. 161-64, p. 161

Konrad Oberhuber, European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo, 1979), cat. no. 74, n.p., pl. 74, repr.

Debora Mayer, "Technical Examination of Red Chalk" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 1982), Unpublished, pp. 43, 58

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Pierre Rosenberg, and Nicole Parmantier, Watteau 1684-1721, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art and Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Washington and Paris, 1984), cat. no. 26, pp. 97, 104, 283, fig. 5, repr.

Marianne Roland Michel, Watteau: Un artiste au XVIIIe siècle, Flammarion (Paris, 1984), p. 169, fig. 159, repr.

Martin Eidelberg, "Review: Watteau, 1684-1721", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (1986), vol. 23-24, no. 1, 1985-86, pp. 102-106, p. 105

Edgar Munhall, Little Notes Concerning Watteau's Portal of Valenciennes, The Frick Collection (New York, 1992), p. 25, fig. 17, repr.

Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Antoine Watteau 1684-1721: Catalogue raisonné des dessins, Leonardo Arte (Milan, 1996), vol. 1, cat. no. 210, pp. 332-33, repr.; under cat. no. 20, fig. 20b, p. 36, repr.

Suzanne Boorsch and John Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT, 2006), under cat. no. 62, pp. 188, 189 n. 9, fig. 62A, repr.

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, "Drawing Time", October, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA, 2015), no. 151, Winter, pp. 3-42, pp. 13-14, 34-35, repr.

Aaron Wile, Watteau's Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France, exh. cat., The Frick Collection (New York, 2016), cat. no. 21, pp. 21, 26, 109, repr.

Exhibition History

European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11/03/1979 - 12/16/1979

HAA 271x The Origins of Modernity: The "New" 18th Century Rotation #2: Large Niche (S426A) Spring 2011, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2011 - 06/18/2011

Watteau's Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France, The Frick Collection, New York, 07/12/2016 - 10/03/2016

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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