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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Auguste Rodin, French (Paris, France 1840 - 1917 Meudon, France)
St. John the Baptist
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Black ink with touches of graphite on light tan wove paper
32.8 x 23.9 cm (12 15/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower right, black ink, in artist's hand: Salon de 1880 / A Rodin
  • inscription: lower center, on base of statue, black ink, in artist's hand: Rodin
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: no 21
Baron Joseph Vitta, Paris; his sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, March 15, 1935, no. 12; acquired at that sale through Jacques Seligmann and Co., New York, by Grenville L. Winthrop (Fr 25,000); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Paul Leroi, "Salon de 1880", L'art (1880), 22, pg. 124

[Reproduction Only], Revue de l'art, (April 1935)., pg. 181

Henry Geldzahler, "Two Early Matisse Drawings", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (November 1962), vol. LX, ser. 6, pp. 497-505, p. 499

Albert Edward Elsen and J. Kirk T. Varnedoe, The Drawings of Rodin, Praeger Publishers (New York, 1971), p. 60, figs. 36 and 37 (detail)

Victoria Thorson, Rodin Graphics: A Catalogue Raisonné of Drypoints and Book Illustrations, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, 1975), pg. 14, fig. i

Jacques de Caso and Patricia B. Sanders, Rodin's Sculpture: A Critical Study of the Spreckels Collection, Charles E. Tuttle Co. (Rutland, VT and Tokyo, Japan, 1977), repr. p. 75; p. 79, note no. 7

J.A. Schmoll gen. Eisenwerth, Rodin-Studien: Personlichkeit, Werke, Wirkung, Bibliographie, Prestel Verlag (Munich, Germany, 1983), p. 124 and fig. 72

Jacques Vilain and Stephanie Le Follic, Rodin at the Musée Rodin, Scala Books (London, England, 1996 and 1997), repr. p. 24

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 113, repr. (color)

Daniel M. Mendelowitz, David L. Faber, and Duane A. Wakeham, A Guide to Drawing, Thomson Wadsworth (Belmont, CA, 2007), fig. 17-16, p. 338

Louis-Antoine Prat, Le dessin français au XIXe siècle, Somogy Éditions d'Art (Paris, 2011), p. 494

Exhibition History

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

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