About This Artwork

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
French, 1767-1824

Sketch for The Revolt of Cairo, 1809/1810

Oil and ink on paper, laid down on canvas
12 1/8 x 17 3/4 in. (30.8 x 45.1 cm)

Restricted gift of Mrs. James W. Alsdorf; Bequest of Luella Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial and Alexander A. McKay endowments, 1999.384

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Musée du Louvre , Girodet 1767-1824, September 22, 2005-January 2, 2006; traveled to Chicago, Art Institute, February 11-April 30, 2006; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 24-August 27, 2006; Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, October 12, 2006-January 21, 2007, cat. 57, ill.

Publication History

P. A. Coupin, Oeuvres Posthumes de Girodet-Trioson vol. 1 (Paris, 1829), p. 72.

Louise d’Argencourt and Roger Diederen, European Paintings of the 19th Century: The Cleveland Museum of Art Catalogue of Paintings: Part Four vol. 1 (Cleveland, 1999), pp. 299, 300.

“Principales Acquisitions des Musées en 1999,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts: La Chronique des Arts per. 6, t. 135 (March 2000), p. 58, fig. 226.

Carter E. Foster et al., French Master Drawings From the Collection of Muriel Butkin, exhib. cat. (Cleveland Museum of Art, 2001), p. 58 (ill.).

Valérie Bajou and Sidonie Lemeux-Fraitot, Inventaires après décès de Gros et de Girodet: Document inédits (2002), pp. 222, 294-95, no. 107.

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Extremities: Painting Empire in Post-Revolutionary France (New Haven and London, 2002), p. 150 (ill.), 151.

Jean-Marie Voignier, “La Fortune de Girodet,” Bulletin de la Société d’émulation de l’arrondissement de Montargis nos. 128-29 (April 2005), pp. 23, 100, 127, 140.

Sylvain Bellenger, “Too Learned for Us: The Destiny of a Painter Poet,” “Terror and Grace: Girodet, Poet of Painting,” “Royalist or Revolutionary? Girodet and the New Order,” “Girodet and Boutard: Portrait of an Artistic and Journalistic Partnership under Napoleon l,” Girodet: 1767-1824, Exh. cat. (Musée du Louvre Editions, 2006), p.18, (ill.), p. 19, p. 28, p. 35, p. 37, p. 40, p. 76, p. 108, p. 110, p. 115, p. 133, cat. 55.

Ownership History

The artist’s studio, estate inventory, April 11, 1825, no. 107 [see Bajou and Lemeux-Fraitot 2002]; Girodet Sale, Paris, April 11, 1825, lot 17; sold for 2,850 francs to Jacobs [according to Voignier 2005]. Joseph Basile Ducos; sold Paris, December 18, 1837, lot 18. Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 25, 1987, lot 37; sold to Galerie Charles Ratton-Guy Ladrière, Paris; sold to Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York by 1999 [according to Jean Christophe Baudequin’s email of July 27, 2006, copy in curatorial file]; sold to the Art Institute, 1999.

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