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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1965.336
People
Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Title
Six Studies of Heads
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1717-1718
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black, red and white chalk on tan antique laid paper
Dimensions
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.)
Provenance
Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill. [Durlacher Brothers, New York]; sold to Paul J. Sachs (drawing placed on loan to Fogg by Sachs in May 1927; balance paid to Durlacher Brothers, February 11, 1929); bequest to Fogg, 1965
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
1965
Object Number
1965.336
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Review of Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, "Antoine Watteau: 1684-1721. Catalogue raisonné des dessins", Master Drawings, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 310-334, p. 313

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), no. 641, fig. 325

Allene Talmey, "The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard", Vogue (July 15, 1947), repr. p. 48

Karl T. Parker and Jacques Mathey, Antoine Watteau: catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné, Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1957-1959), vol. II, cat. no. 712, p. 334, repr.

Agnes Mongan, "The Fogg Art Museum's Collection of Drawings", Harvard Library Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, Winter 1958), XII, no.2, pp. 196-209, pp. 199-200, repr. as pl. VI

Agnes Mongan, De Clouet a Matisse: Dessins français des collections américaines, exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris, 1958), no. 91, pl. 39

Agnes Mongan, Van Clouet tot Matisse: tentoonstelling van franse tekeningen uit amerikaanse collecties, exh. cat., Museum Boymans (Rotterdam, 1958), no. 91, pl. 35

Agnes Mongan, French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1959), cat. no. 91, pp. 71-72, pl. 35, repr.

Agnes Mongan, 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, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1965), cat. no. 28, repr.

Rubenism, exh. cat., Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, 1975), no. 43, repr.

Debora Mayer, "Technical Examination of Red Chalk" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 1982), Unpublished, pp. 1-33 passim

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 273, p. 234, repr.

[Reproduction only], Exposé (Essays from the Harvard Expository Writing Program), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1993 - 1994)., repr. on cover in color

Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Antoine Watteau 1684-1721: Catalogue raisonné des dessins, Leonardo Arte (Milan, 1996), vol. 2, no. 413, repr.

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 37 under "Trois crayon"

"Secrets of the Masters", Museums Boston (1998), vol. 2, no. 3, p. 50, repr. (color)

Edward Saywell, Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1998), vol. 6, no. 2, checklist no. 32, p. 28, and p. 17, fig. 18 (color)

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Barbara Brejon de Lavergnée, Jean-Francois Méjanès, Alain Mérot, Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Sophie Raux-Carpentier, William W. Robinson, Marianne Roland Michel, and Pierre Rosenberg, Mastery & Elegance: Two Centuries of French Drawings from the Collection of Jeffrey E. Horvitz, exh. cat., ed. Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1998)

Alan Wintermute, Watteau and His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750, exh. cat., Merrell Holberton Publishers / American Federation of Arts (London, 1999), cat. no. 21

William W. Robinson, "Old Master and Nineteenth-Century Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (Fall 2000), vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 233-240, p. 236, fig. 4

Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), p. 110, repr.

Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Watteau: The Drawings, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2011), p. 116, cat. no. 47, repr. p. 117

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 165, 284, repr. p. 162 as fig. 1

Exhibition History

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

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

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

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

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of European and American Art at am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu