Description This drawing of a Dutch aristocrat valiantly defending a lone potted tulip is derived from Gérôme's painting "The Tulip Folly," of 1882 (Walters 37.2612). As it was reproduced by means of photoengraving and widely distributed, the painting was well known to the public. Discerning collectors would not be content to have a mechanical reproduction of an original work, but might ask the artist for reductions, variations, or, as in this case, an excerpt of a figure or group of figures from the original work. The sale of such drawings was a common marketing strategy among artists throughout the 19th century, and Gérôme was a master of it.
|1/01/2002||Treatment||examined for acquisition; examined for exhibition; re-housed; mounted|
- The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance Galerie Mazarini, Lyon; Walters Art Museum, May 2001, by purchase.
Inscriptions "JL Gerome" in graphite, below center and right, recto, slightlyy smudged; "39ff" in graphite, lower left, verso; label "Goupil & Comp." at upper center of mount
Credit Museum purchase, 2001
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