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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Théodore Géricault, French (Rouen 1791 - 1824 Paris)
Parents Mourning Over Their Dead Son
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Death of a Young Mason
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink, brown wash, and blue-green watercolor over graphite on white wove paper
16.5 x 12.4 cm (6 1/2 x 4 7/8 in.)
Pierre-Olivier Dubaut, Paris, sold [through Martin Birnbaum]; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, 1929, 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

René-Richard-Louis Castel, Lettres de René-Richard-Louis Castel au comte Louis de Chevigné, son élève et son ami (Reims, 1833), pp. 366-67

Charles Martine, Théodore Géricault, Chez Helleu et Sergent (Paris, 1928), no. 55, repro.

Klaus Berger, Géricault: Drawings and Watercolors, H. Bittner and Company (New York, 1946), no. 28, repro.

John H. B. Knowlton, "Book reviews", The Art Bulletin (September 1947), pg. 217

Lee Johnson, "Some Unknown Sketches for the 'Wounded Cuirasser' and a Subject Identified", The Burlington Magazine (London, March 1955), pg. 80, fig. 22, 81 nn. 9-11

Denise Aimé-Azam, Mazeppa, Géricault et son temps, Plon (Paris, 1956), pp. 218, 343

F. H. Lem, "À propos de Géricault: Les sources. B: Les motifs d'inspiration", Le peintre (April 1, 1963), no. 262, pg.9, repro.

Antonio Del Guercio, Géricault, Il Club del Libro (Milan, Italy, 1963), pg. 147, fig. 61

Henri Zerner, "Théodore Géricault: Artist of Man and Beast", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 480-486, pg. 483

Lorenz Eitner, Géricault: His Life and Work, Orbis Publishing Ltd. (London, England, 1983), pp. 201, 347, n. 199

Germain Bazin, Théodore Géricault: Etude critique, documents, et catalogue raisonné, Wildenstein Institute (Paris, France, 1987 -1997), vol. 6, no. 2106, repr., also p. 72

Gary Tinterow, Géricault's Heroic Landscapes: The Times of Day, Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 48, no. 3, Winter 1990-1991, pg. 30, repro.

Lorenz Eitner, Gericault, Sa vie, son oeuvre, Gallimard (Paris, France, 1991), pp. 277, 430 n. 199

Denise Aimé-Azam, Géricault: l'énigme du peintre de la Méduse, Perrin (Paris, 1991), pg. 249

Agnes Mongan, David to Corot: French Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1996), cat. no. 176, repr.

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. 40, repr. (color)

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 40, repr.

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), p. 99, repr. p. 96 as fig. 1

Exhibition History

Exposition des Artistes Normands: Peintres normands de Nicolas Poussin à nos jours, Galerie Hodebert, 01/01/1935 - 01/01/1935

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

Mutiny: Works by Géricault, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/01/2018 - 01/06/2019

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