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Study for "The Tulip Folly"

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Description This drawing is related to a painting showing an incident during the "tulipomania" in Holland in the 1630s, when speculators drove the price of tulips to unprecedented heights, only to have the market suddenly collapse. To control the supply, the government ordered the destruction of the tulip beds. Here, a Dutch aristocrat defends his prize tulip from the government soldiers. The painting, "The Tulip Folly" (1882, Walters 37.2612), has been in the Walters since 1983. Gérôme frequently sold drawings that either replicated his most famous works or were variations on them. In this instance, the drawing has been squared to transfer the design, confirming that it is a preliminary study rather than a replica.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; other
  • Expanding Horizons: Recent Additions to the Drawings Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Aimé Morot [the artist's son-in-law], Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [the drawing was once part of a notebook in his possession, later dismembered]; Dr. Edward T. Wilson, Bethesda, Maryland [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2008, by gift.
Credit Gift of Dr. Edward T. Wilson, in honor of William R. Johnston, 2008

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19th century
graphite on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 12 11/16 x W: 7 7/8 in. (32.2 x 20 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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