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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Six Head Studies
Work Type
c. 1715
Physical Descriptions
Red, white, and black chalk on light tan antique laid paper
22.2 x 21.7 cm (8 3/4 x 8 9/16 in.)
frame: 39.4 x 38.7 x 4.4 cm (15 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 1 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
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  • inscription:
Captain Edward George Spencer-Churchill, Northwick Park, Blockley, Gloucestershire (by 1913); to his cousin, Lord Ivor Charles Spencer-Churchill, London and Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, by descent; Durlacher Brothers, New York, sold; to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge; Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs, inv. no. 1965.336
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Exhibition History

An Exhibition of Old-Master Drawings for the Benefit of Public Health Nursing Milk and Emergency Fund, Junior League, Pittsburgh, 12/13/1933 - 01/06/1934

Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University (Collected by Paul J. Sachs), Century Club, New York, 05/12/1947 - 09/25/1947

The Eighteenth Century Art of France and England / L’Art en France et en Angleterre au dix-huitième siècle, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 04/27/1950 - 05/31/1950

The Century of Mozart, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art (now Nelson-Atkins), Kansas City, 01/15/1956 - 03/04/1956

An Exhibition of Drawings, Colby College, Miller Library, Waterville, 04/27/1956 - 05/23/1956

French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, 07/31/1958 - 09/28/1958; Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 10/24/1958 - 01/02/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 02/03/1959 - 03/15/1959

Age of Elegance: The Rococo and its Effect, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 04/01/1959 - 06/30/1959

The Age of Elegance: The Rococo and its Effect, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 04/25/1959 - 06/14/1959

Studies and Study Sheets, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/26/1964 - 04/18/1964

Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965] Given and Bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/15/1965 - 01/15/1966; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 12/19/1966 - 02/26/1967

Rubenism, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, 01/30/1975 - 02/23/1975

Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/03/1998 - 12/30/1998

Watteau and His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750, The Frick Collection, New York, 10/19/1999 - 01/09/2000; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 02/11/2000 - 05/08/2000

Watteau: The Drawings, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 03/12/2011 - 06/05/2011

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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