Study for the Vignette-Frontispiece of Lucretius's "De la Nature des Choses", Book I
France (Artist's nationality:)
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Pen and black ink, with traces of black chalk, on gray laid paper, incised for transfer and perimeter mounted on cream laid paper
13.7 × 8.7 cm (5 7/16 × 3 7/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Louis H. Silver
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Seymour de Ricci, The Roederer Library of French Books: Prints and Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (Philadelphia, 1923), n.p.
Bibliothèque Nationale, Inventaire du fonds Français (Paris, 1933), 2:494, nos. 14, 16-20.
Harold Joachim, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Eighteenth Century (Chicago, 1977), pp. 92-95.
Kimerly Rorschach, Eighteenth-Century French Book Illustration (Philadelphia, 1985), p. 28.
Marquis de Fourquevaulx (not in Lugt), Paris. Emmanuel Bocher (b. 1835?), Paris [Lugt 267ter]. Louis Olry-Roederer (d. 1932, not in Lugt), Rheims. Purchased by The Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia, 1922 [Joachim, 1977, pp. 92-95]. Mr. Louis H. Silver, Wilmette, Ill.; given to the Art Institute, 1959.
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