The Crayfish and her Daughter

Study for the etching in La Fontaine's "Fables"

1733
Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686–1755)


Dimensions

Sheet: 24.2 x 19 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. ) Mount: 31 x 25.8 cm (12 3/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1979.290

Medium or Technique

Brush, gray wash and black ink, heightened with white on blue paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

(L’Ecrivisse et sa fille). Study for etching (by Chedel) to illustrate La Fontaine’s fable of the same name… [see Ref. field].

Inscription

Lower right: "J B Oudry / 1733". On verso: 123.t.2[o or 0 is in superscript].

Provenance

Montenault Collection c. 1758; de Bure (by 1828) sale 1853, lot 344; Adolphe Thibaudeau; Solar sale, 1860, lot 627; Morgand (Paris bookseller c.1876); M. Roederer, Reims; Rosenbach (by 1925); private collection, NY c.1946; Mr. Claus Virch, Paris; purchased June 1979

Credit Line

Gift of Jessie H. Wilkinson—Jessie H. Wilkinson Fund