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The Nest Robber

A work made of red chalk, with touches of orange chalk, with touches of pen and brown ink, on cream laid paper, incised with a compass, laid down on blue wove board.
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  • A work made of red chalk, with touches of orange chalk, with touches of pen and brown ink, on cream laid paper, incised with a compass, laid down on blue wove board.

Date:

1780s

Artist:

Hubert Robert
French, 1733-1808

About this artwork

Hubert Robert began drawing red chalk landscapes as a student in Italy and continued to do so throughout his life, drawing from nature and from his imagination. This charming drawing from his mature career offers a Rococo amorous theme favored by Robert’s predecessors Antoine Watteau and François Boucher—that of bird-catching. The inscription on the rock is from Virgil and translates to “So you not for yourselves build nests, O birds,” a call to be unselfish with one’s creations.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hubert Robert

Title

The Nest Robber

Origin

France

Date

1780–1789

Medium

Red chalk, with touches of orange chalk, with touches of pen and brown ink, on cream laid paper, incised with a compass, laid down on blue wove board

Inscriptions

Inscribed on the stone to the left: "SIC VOS/ NON VOBIS/ NIDIFICATIS/ AVES"

Dimensions

363 × 287 mm (primary support); 445 × 370 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1013

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