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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jean-Robert Ango, French (active 1759 - after 1773)
Hubert Robert, French (Paris 1733 - 1808 Paris)
Previously attributed to Hubert Robert, French (Paris 1733 - 1808 Paris)
Artist Sketching in the Musei Capitolini, Rome
Work Type
c. 1762
Physical Descriptions
Black and red chalk over black- and red-chalk counterproof on off-white antique laid paper, framing lines in brown ink, laid down on off-white antique laid paper
34.1 x 45 cm (13 7/16 x 17 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in reverse, lower left, black chalk: 1762 [?] Romæ
Achille Leclère, Paris; Lucien Goldschmidt, New York (as Hubert Robert); Philip and Frances L. Hofer, Cambridge, (by 1965); Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Frances L. Hofer, inv. no. 1979.224
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Frances L. Hofer
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Thomas J. McCormick, Hubert Robert 1733-1808: Paintings and Drawings, brochure, Vassar College Art Gallery (Poughkeepsie, NY, 1962), cat. no. 21, n.p.

Marguerite Beau, La Collection des dessins d’Hubert Robert au musée de Valence, Audin (Lyon, 1968), under cat. no. 28, pp. 144, 146, repr.

Marguerite Beau, La collection des dessins d’Hubert Robert au Musée de Valence, Audin (Lyon, 1968), pp. 144, 146

Marianne Roland Michel, "L'art du dix-huitième siècle: un peintre français nommé Ango…", The Burlington Magazine, The Burlington Magazine Publications, Ltd. (Paris, 1981), vol. 123, no. 935 (supplement), December, pp. i-viii, pp. iii, vi

Eunice Williams, Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, exh. cat., ed. Konrad Oberhuber and William W. Robinson, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1984), cat. no. 32, pp. 41-42, 110

Jean de Cayeux, Les Hubert Robert de la Collection Veyrenc au Musée de Valence, exh. cat., Le Musée (Valence, 1985), pp. 144-46

Marjorie B. Cohn, "Red Chalk: Historical and Technical Perspectives: Part 1, Aspects of Historical Usage", Drawings Defined, ed. Walter Strauss and Tracie Felker, Abaris Books (New York, 1987), pp. 168, 170-n.33

Marianne Roland Michel, Le dessin français au XVIIIe siècle, Office du Livre (Fribourg, 1987), pp. 19-20

Lisa Hall, "Counterproofs: An Investigation into the History, Materials, Techniques, and Uses of Red Chalk Counterproofs with an Examination of Other Methods of Copying" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, August 1990), Unpublished, pp. 1-62 passim

Jean-Pierre Cuzin and Pierre Rosenberg, J.H. Fragonard e H. Robert a Roma, exh. cat., Fratelli Palombi Editori (Rome, Italy, 1990), cat. no. 179, pp. 176, 252

Bettina Bergmann, The Moon and the Stars, exh. cat., Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (South Hadley, 1999), cat. no. 42, pp. 18-19, 27

Victor Carlson, "Hubert Robert in Rome: Some Pen-and-Wash Drawings", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (New York, Autumn 2001), vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 288-99, pp. 292-93, 299-n.11

Daniela Gallo, "Gli scultori francesi e le antichità romane", Roma triumphans?: l'attualità dell'antico nella Francia del Settecento, ed. Letizia Norci Cagiano, Edizioni di storia e letteratura (Rome, 2007), pp. 275-96, p. 276-n.2

Susanna Caviglia-Brunel, Charles-Joseph Natoire, 1700-1777, Arthena (Paris, 2012), p. 416

Guillaume Faroult, ed., Hubert Robert, 1733-1808: un peintre visionnaire, exh. cat., Somogy Éditions d'Art and Musée du Louvre Éditions (Paris, 2016), pp. 146-47

Exhibition History

Hubert Robert 1733-1808: Paintings and Drawings, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, 10/09/1962 - 11/11/1962

Master Drawings and Watercolors: The Hofer Collection, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, 04/15/1984 - 07/07/1984; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/05/1984 - 11/29/1984

J.H. Fragonard e H. Robert a Roma, Academie de France a Rome, Rome, 12/06/1990 - 02/24/1991

The Moon and the Stars: Afterlife of a Roman Empress, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, 09/04/1999 - 12/29/1999

Around Antique: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (Teaching Gallery) S421, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/14/2010 - 09/04/2010

HAA 271x The Origins of Modernity: The "New" 18th Century Rotation #1: Large Niche (S426A) Spring 2011, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 01/14/2011 - 03/05/2011

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