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Aqueduct in Ruins

Hubert Robert (French, Paris 1733–1808 Paris)

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
32 1/8 x 54 1/8 in. (81.6 x 137.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
Accession Number:
07.225.264b
  • Gallery Label

    Almost all of the paintings from the Hôtel Rouillé de l'Étang apparently include a water feature, in this case a basin overflowing into a stream forded by a flock of sheep. To the left is a shepherd with his dog, and to the right, a boy who washes his hat at the fountain. The curving aqueduct occupies the middle distance.

  • Catalogue Entry

    See 07.225.264a.

    Almost all of the paintings from the Hôtel Rouillé de l'Étang apparently include a water feature, in this case a basin overflowing into a stream forded by a flock of sheep. To the left is a shepherd with his dog, and to the right, a boy who washes his hat at the fountain. The curving aqueduct occupies the middle distance.

    [2011]

  • Provenance

    ?David Étienne Rouillé de l'Étang, 6, place Louis XV, Paris (until d. 1811); ?his niece, marquise de Pastoret (Adélaïde Anna Louise Piscatory), Paris (1811–d. 1843); her son, Amédée David de Pastoret, marquis de Pastoret, Paris (1843–d. 1857); his daughter, marquise du Plessis-Bellière (Marie Jeanne Louise Thérèse de Pastoret), Paris, later (from 1870) château de Moreuil, Somme (1857–d. 1890; her estate sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 10–11, 1897, no. 72, for Fr 2000); Georges Hoentschel, Paris (until 1906; sold to Morgan); J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (1906)

  • References

    Collection de Mme la Marquise du Plessis-Bellière. Hôtel Drouot, Paris. May 10–11, 1897, pp. III–V, 22, no. 71, states that in 1776 Mme Rouillé de l'Étang and her son built a hôtel on place Louis XV and commissioned Hubert Robert to decorate it (the pictures are listed as nos. 71–83 in this catalogue).

    Pierre de Nolhac. Hubert Robert, 1733–1808. Paris, 1910, p. 151, mentions the sale of the marquise du Plessis-Bellière at which this picture fetched two thousand francs.

    Charles Sterling. "XV–XVIII Centuries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of French Paintings. 1, Cambridge, Mass., 1955, p. 170, ill.



  • Notes

    On back of frame: (label with the description of "Bridge over a Cascade," 07.225.264a, from the du Plessis-Bellière sale catalogue); (label with a number the last digit of which has been effaced) no. 107 [?]

  • See also
437471

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