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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1953.75
People
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, French (Paris 1686 - 1755 Beauvais)
Title
Avian Album
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Album of 96 drawings for tapestries
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
album
Date
18th century
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Parchment covered album with 96 bird studies executed in black ink and watercolor on 83 leaves of off-white antique laid paper (43 x 34.5 cm.). Some drawings have been pasted into the album, others were drawn directly on the album leaves.
Dimensions
44 x 35 x 5 cm (17 5/16 x 13 3/4 x 1 15/16 in.)
Provenance
Fogg Art Museum, 1953, inv. no. 1953.75
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Gift
Accession Year
1953
Object Number
1953.75
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

An Album of Watercolors by Oudry, Annual Report (Fogg Art Museum) (1954), no. 1953/54 (1954), 10-11

Some Animal Drawings by Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Master Drawings (1966), vol. 4, no. 4 (Winter 1966), 390, 402-403 (plates 16-19)

Hal N. Opperman, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Garland (New York, 1977), vol. I, pp. 145-46, 146 n. 1, 147-52, 262, 332, 355, 436, 440, 455, 465, 475, 497, vol. II, pp. 605, 607, 711, 766, 784-85, 798-817, 821

L’animal miroir de l’homme petit bestiaire du XVIIIe siècle, exh. cat. (Paris, 1996), p.44

Pieter Boel, 1622-1674. Peintre des animaux de Louis XIV. Le fonds des études des Gobelins, exh. cat. (Paris, 2001), pp. 82, 88 (fig. 14), 89, 95, 111, 123, 127

Oudry’s Painted Menagerie. Portraits of Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Europe, exh. cat. (Los Angeles, 2008), p.140

Deportes catalogue raisonné (Saint-Rémy-en-l’Eau, 2010), II, 22

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, Sara Schechner, and Sarah Anne Carter, Tangible Things: Making History through Objects, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York, 2015), pp. 153, 156-158, 1953.75.60 and 1953.75.81 repr. as figs. 126 and 127

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 137-138

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