The Adoration of the Magi and the Flight into Egypt

about 1777
Antoine-François Callet (French, 1741–1823)


Sheet: 51 x 38.6 cm (20 1/16 x 15 3/16 in.) Framed: 75 x 62 cm (29 1/2 x 24 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black and red chalk with gray and red wash, heightened with white, within brown ink framing lines

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




verso l.l. edge (in graphite) 6295
verso c (in graphite) Collection Marquis de Chennevières (Chennevières) Ancien conservateur au musée du Louvre


l.r. collector's mark Roger Portalis (L2232)
l.r. collector's mark F. Renaud (L1042)
l.c. (left and right of center) collector's mark Jacques Petithory (L4138)
l.l. and l.c. collector's mark Pierre Chennevières (L2073)


Sold by Charles Callet (the son of the artist) to Delaurier (dealer), Paris; March, 1862, sold by Delaurier to Marquis Philippe de Chennevières (b. 1820 –d. 1899), Paris; April 4-7, 1900, posthumous Chennevières sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, part of lot 58, sold for 27 francs to Baron Roger Portalis (d. 1912), Paris (Lugt 2232); February 2-3 1911, Portalis sale, Hôtel Drouot, part of lot 16, sold for 62 francs. Jacques Petit-Hory (b. 1929 – d. 1992), Paris. January 10, 1995, anonymous (“various properties”) sale, Sotheby’s, New York, lot 195. British Rail Pension Fund. 1996, with Brame et Lorenceau, Paris; Kate de Rothschild, London; and Didier Aaron, New York. Private collection, New York; consigned by this private collection to W. M. Brady and Co., New York; 2012, sold by Brady to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund