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Une Course d'Omnibus
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Une Course d'Omnibus

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Description Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard, better known by his pseudonym J. J. Grandville, honed his craft by drawing vignettes and illustrations for newspapers, including "La Silhouette," "L'Artiste," "La Caricature," and "Le Charivari." Some of these were printed daily, requiring tremendous powers of invention from the artists they employed. Grandville's early work allied his precise draftsmanship with a keen caricaturist's eye. This drawing was made for a lithographic frontispiece for a piece of sheet music, "Une Course d'Omnibus" (A Trip on the Omnibus) by Charles Henri Plantade (1764-1839).
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined 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.
  • Great Illustrations: Drawings and Books from the Walters' Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance 19th-century collection of drawings, England [yet to be identified]; Private collection, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Galerie Jean-Marie Le Fell, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Louis and Rosalie Berman Philanthropic Fund, 2001 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2001, by gift.
Inscriptions "J I Grandville" in iron gall ink, bottom left edge
Credit Gift of the Louis and Rosalie Berman Philanthropic Fund, 2001

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ca. 1828
iron gall ink with graphite underdrawing on smooth, thin (?), beige wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 3 7/16 x W: 7 13/16 in. (8.8 x 19.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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