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The Adoration of the Shepherds

François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)

Medium:
Gouache over black chalk underdrawing, on paper, mounted on canvas
Dimensions:
16 1/4 x 11 in. (41.3 x 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, David T. Schiff Gift, and Rogers and Harris Brisbane Dick Funds, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.95
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Partial collector's mark of Damery (Lugt 2862) at the lower right; collector's mark of Jules and Edmond de Goncourt (Lugt 1089) at bottom center

  • Provenance

    Chevalier de Damery (French, died 1803 (?))his sale, Paris, November 18-19, 1803, lot 2.; G. T. Villenave Villenave sale, Paris, June 14-18, 1847 (auction postponed until February 1, 1848), lot 67; Edmond de Goncourt (French, Paris 1822–1896 Paris)Lugt 1089; Goncourt collection sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Feb. 15-17, 1897, lot 23.; Etienne-François Haro acquired at Goncourt sale; Baron Joseph Raphaël Vitta (1860–1942)His collection sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, June 27-28, 1924, lot 30; Leon Lowenstein Lowenstein sale, Galerie Jean Charpentier, Paris, December 17, 1935, lot 17; John Pape (South Africa and London)Acquired at Lowenstein sale, Paris, 1935; Mme. Carterton ; Vendor: Wildenstein & Co., Ltd., London

  • Exhibition History

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

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 20, 2008–January 11, 2009.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 26, 2012–February 24, 2013.

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    Michel 748, 757

    Ananoff 1980.384

  • References

    Mario Roustan Exposition de l'art français au XVIIIe siècle: Catalogue Exh. cat., Copenhagen, Palais de Charlottenborg. Paris, 1935, cat. no. 22.

    Exposition Goncourt Exh. cat., Paris, Gazette des Beaux-Arts. Paris, 1933, cat. no. 174, p. 68.

    Pierre de Nolhac Exposition François Boucher (1703-1770) exh. cat., Paris, Hôtel Charpentier. Paris, 1932, cat. no. 2, p. 2.

    Philippe de Chennevières "Les Dessins de maîtres anciens exposés à l'École des Beaux-Arts (quatrième article)." in Gazette des Beaux-Arts. vol. 19, Paris, September 1879, p. 196.

    Catalogue descriptif des dessins de maîtres anciens exposés à l'École des Beaux-Arts, mai-juin 1879. École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, second. Paris, 1879, cat. no. 518.

    Edmond de Goncourt L'art du dix-huitième siècle. 2 vols., 3rd edition. Paris, 1880–1882, p. 188.

    Edmond de Goncourt La maison d'un artiste. 2 vols., nouvelle. Paris, 1881, p. 54, vol. 1.

    André Michel François Boucher: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné. Paris, 1906, cat. no. 748, 757, pp. 41, 42.

    Carlo Jeannerat "L'adoration des bergers' de F. Boucher." Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français. Paris, 1932, pp. 81-82.

    Regina Shoolman Slatkin François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings. Ex. cat. Washington D.C., 1973, cat. no. under no. 67, p. 87.

    Alexandre Ananoff, Daniel Wildenstein François Boucher. 2 vols., Lausanne and Paris, 1976, cat. no. 362, fig. no. 1064, p. 64, vol. 2, ill.

    Sonia Dean Master Drawings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. Exh. cat., Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria. 1980, p. 90.

    François Boucher: A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the New York Botanical Garden. Exh. cat. Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, 1980, cat. no. 19, fig. no. 19, p. 40, ill.

    Alexandre Ananoff, Daniel Wildenstein L'opera completa di Boucher. Milan, 1980, cat. no. 384, fig. no. 116, p. 117, ill.

    Denys Sutton François Boucher. Ex. cat. Tokyo, April 24 - June 23, 1982, cat. no. 44, pp. 174, 76, ill.

    Elizabeth Launay Les frères Goncourt collectionneurs de dessins. Paris, 1991, Also cited pp. 74, 84, 150 (in. n. 116), 180, 207, cat. no. 27, pp. 236-38, ill.

    George R. Goldner, Colta Ives, Carolyn Logan, Perrin Stein "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1996-1997." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s., vol. 55, no. 2, Autumn 1997, p. 42, ill.

    Alastair Laing "New York French eighteenth-century drawings." Burlington Magazine. vol. 141, no. 1155, London, June 1999, p. 379.

    Perrin Stein, Mary Tavener Holmes Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1999, cat. no. 52, pp. 118-120, ill.

    Jo Hedley François Boucher: Seductive Visions. Paris, 2004, cat. no. footnote 83, pp. 120, 201.

    The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoléon Ier: A Centennial Celebration of Wildenstein's Presence in New York. Ex. cat. Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, 2005, cat. no. 107 (Appendix 1), p. 68, ill.



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