Portrait of a Clockmaker

1767
Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (French, 1724–1780)


Dimensions

Sight: 23.2 x 14.9 cm (9 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.) Frame: 41.9 x 34.3 cm (16 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

65.2603

Medium or Technique

Black chalk and watercolor heightened with gouache

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

Markings

Lower left stamped in black ink -- mark of Alfred Beurdeley (1847-1919, Paris, Lugt 421)

Provenance

Marie- Joseph- Colombe- Henri- Denis Beccaria de Pavie, Marquis de Fourquevaux (b. 1762 - d. 1841), Fourquevaux, France; April 18-20, 1876, posthumous Marquis de Fourquevaux sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 646. Cômte Jacques de la Béraudière (d. 1885), Paris; April 16-17, 1883, Béraudière sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 251, bought in; May 18-30, 1885, posthumous Béraudière sale, at his residence, 12 Rue de Poitiers, Paris, lot 177, sold for 1,020 fr. to Eugene Féral (an expert at the sale). 1905, Alfred Beurdeley (b. 1847 - d. 1919), Paris (Lugt 421); March 13-15, 1905, Beurdeley sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 220. Ducrey. By 1907, David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France [see note 1]; sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein and Co., Paris and New York [see note 2]. September 17, 1945, sold by Jacques Helft and Co., New York to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876-d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

NOTES:
[1] Charles Morice, "Collection David-Weill," L'art et les artistes 5 (1907): p. 233. [2] See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20. The watercolor was included in the exhibition "French XVIII Century Pastels, Water Colors, and Drawings from the David-Weill Collection" (Wildenstein and Co., New York, November-December, 1938), no. 43.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection