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The Genius of Painting

A work made of charcoal with stumping, erasing, and incising on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of charcoal with stumping, erasing, and incising on ivory laid paper.




Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin
French, 1724-1780

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Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin


The Genius of Painting


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1744–1780


Charcoal with stumping, erasing, and incising on ivory laid paper


verso, upper edge, in black chalk (above sketch of an angel in graphite by another hand): "qui les re... en digne neveu de...IV.g.d.S.a / ... Mr de S martin ... Rei..."; inscribed verso of mount, upper left, in graphite: "Dacier no. 94: Le Genie de la Peinture presentant des portraits / au Duc d'Orléans-- / Note de la main de l'artiste en bas du dessin / Coll: Delaherche vte en mars 1888"; lower left, in graphite: "Lot 40 / 207 7419/1"


Image: 21.6 × 24.1 cm (8 9/16 × 9 1/2 in.); Mount: 25.5 × 28.3 cm (10 1/16 × 11 3/16 in.)

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Gift of Celia and David Hilliard

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