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Phryne Before the Areopagus

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Deshays (French, Colleville 1729–1765 Paris)
Date:
mid-18th century
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, over black chalk
Dimensions:
18 11/16 x 23 11/16 in. (47.5 x 60.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1961
Accession Number:
61.126
Not on view
Signature: Pen and brown ink, lower right: Deshays, f.
Jean-Baptiste Deshays (French, Colleville 1729–1765 Paris), sale, expert Pierre Remy, March 26, 1765, lot 12. sold for 102 livres (according to André Bancel, letter 2/11/2002); Possibly previously owned by Pierre Antoine Baudouin (French, Paris 1723–1769 Paris)(according to Alastair Laing), possibly in his sale, Paris, Feb. 5, 1770, lot 149.; Randon de Boisset sale, Paris, Feb. 27, 1777, no. 372 (according to André Bancel who says it was sold for 250 livres to Desmarets); Desmarets (French), (according to André Bancel, letter 11/2/2002); Vassal de Saint-Hubert possibly in his sale, Paris, March 29-April 13, 1779, lot 150, "Phrinée devant l'Aréopage"; Hôtel Drouot, Paris , June 26, 1950, lot 52 (as "Tribunal jugeant une jeune femme, 47.3 x 60.3 cm."); Vendor: Clifford Duits
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "French Drawings and Prints of the Eighteenth Century," August 8, 1972–October 15, 1972.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "15th–18th Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 1986–January 4, 1987.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections," February 3, 1999–April 25, 1999.

Bean and Turcic 1986.97
Charles Blanc Le Trésor de la curiosité. vol. 1, Paris, 1857, p. 367.

Docteur H. Mireur Dictionnaire des ventes d'art. 2, Paris, 1911, p. 463.

Jacob Bean "The Drawings Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 20, New York, 1962, p. 170, ill.

Linda Boyer Gillies, Colta Ives French Drawings and Prints of the Eighteenth Century. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1972, cat. no. 16.

Marc Sandoz J.-B. Deshays. 1977, fig. no. pl. IV, pp. 101-103, ill.

Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th-18th Century French Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986, cat. no. 97, p. 94, ill.

Alastair Laing "New York French eighteenth-century drawings." Burlington Magazine. vol. 141, no. 1155, London, June 1999, fig. no. 79, pp. 379, 380, ill.

Perrin Stein, Mary Tavener Holmes Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1999, cat. no. 53, pp. 120-122, ill.



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