Quinault and Lully's opera "Armide" Performed at the Palais-Royal Opera House

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


Sheet: 31.1 x 50.2 cm (12 1/4 x 19 3/4 in.) Framed: 48.3 x 67.3 cm (19 x 26 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and brown ink, watercolor and gouache over graphite pencil on paper

On View

Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31)


Europe, Prints and Drawings




See inscription with date of 1747. This date corresponds to an earlier production of Armide


By 1797, Paul I, Emperor of Russia (b. 1754 - d. 1801), The Hermitage, St. Petersburg (Lugt 2061) [see note 1]; deaccessioned by the Hermitage; May 4, 1932, Hermitage collection sale, Boerner, Leipzig, lot 120, sold for M 37,000 to W. G. Russell Allen (b. 1882 - d. 1955), probably for Robert Treat Paine, 2nd (b. 1861 - d. 1943), Brookline, MA [see note 2]; by descent to his daughter, Elizabeth Paine Card (b. 1896 - d. 1992), Fairhaven, MA; 1970, gift of Elizabeth Paine Card to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1970)

NOTES: [1] Inventoried in 1797 and marked with Paul's stamp. [2] The buyer's name is recorded in Kunst und Künstler 31 (1932), p. 232; Allen was buying for an American private collector friend. Robert Treat Paine lent the watercolor to the exhibition "French Drawings and Prints of the Eighteenth Century," Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, 1934.

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth Paine Card, in memory of her father, Robert Treat Paine 2nd