Belphegor, A Tale by Machiavelli: Roderic and Honnesta

Jean-Baptiste Oudry

(Paris, 1686 - Beauvais, 1755)
Brush, black ink and grey wash, heightened with white, within a simulated mount drawn in blue and grey wash with pen and brown ink, on blue paper Image 23.9 x 18.8 cm (9.3 x 7.3 in.) with fictive mount 25.9 cm (12.2 x 10.3 in.) Signed and dated in brown ink at the lower left 'JB. Oudry / 1734', inscribed in brown ink on the verso '133. tom.2'

Engraved by Louis-Simon Lempereur for Jean de La Fontaine, Fables choisies, mises en vers, Vol. IV, Paris, 1759

Provenance
Sold by the artist, together with all of his drawings illustrating the Fables of La Fontaine, to Jean-Louis Regnard de Montenault, circa 1751; included in one of two albums containing all of Oudry’s drawings for the Fables of La Fontaine, with the booksellers Jean-Jacques and Marie-Jacques de Bure (Frères de Bure), Paris, by 1828; Jean-Jacques de Bure, Paris; his sale, Paris, 1-18 December 1853, lot 344 (bt. Thibaudeau for 1,800 francs); Comte Adolphe-Narcisse Thibaudeau, Paris; possibly given by him to the actress Mme. Eugénie Doche, and then sold by her for 2,500 francs to the bookseller Auguste Fontaine, Paris; Acquired from them for 5,000 francs in 1856 by Solar Aaron Euryale, known as Félix Solar, Bordeaux; his sale, Paris, Charles Pillet, 19 November – 8 December 1860, lot 627 (sold for 6,100 francs to Cléder for Baron Taylor); Baron Isidore Taylor, Paris; Émile Pereire, Paris; The booksellers Damascène Morgand and Charles Fatout (Morgand et Fatout), Paris, probably by 1876; Acquired from them for 30,000 francs by Louis Roederer, Reims, by 1877; By descent to his nephew, Léon Olry-Roederer, Reims and Paris; Sold through Thomas Agnew and Sons, London, to Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, Philadelphia, in 1922; The Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia; Acquired from them by Raphael Esmerian, New York, in c.1946; His sale, Paris, Palais Galliera [Ader Picard Tajan], 6 June 1973, part of lot 46 (two albums sold for 2,000,000 francs); One album with Art Associates Partnership (Dr. Claus Virch), New York and Bermuda, by whom the album disbound and the drawings contained therein – including the present drawings – thence sold separately; Private collection, Geneva; Adrian Ward-Jackson, London; Kate de Rothschild, London, and Didier Aaron Inc., New York, in 1993; Private collection
Literature
Louis Gougenot, Mémoires inédits sur les artistes français, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, France, 1854, Vol. II, pp. 379-380
Hal N. Opperman, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Ph.D dissertation, University of Chicago, (pub. New York and London, 1977), 1972, Vol.II, p.710, nos.D492-D494
Roger Gaucheron, Arts et métiers graphiques, La preparation et le lancement d’un livre de luxe au XVIIIe siècle. Les Fables de La Fontaine, dites d’Oudry, France, December 1927, pp. 77-82
Baron Roger Portalis, Les dessinateurs d’illustrations au dix-huitième siècle, Paris, 1877, Vol.II, pp.483-489
Marquis de Girardin, Bulletin du bibliophile et du bibliothécaire, L’édition des fables dite d’Oudry de La Fontaine, France, 1913, pp. 330-332
Jean Locquin, Archives de l’art français, Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre de Jean-Baptiste Oudry, peintre du roi (1686–1755), France, 1912, nos. 933-1209, pp. 152-173

Exhibited
New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, 'Fables from Aesop to Thurber', 1965 (as part of an album); New York, Paris and London, Kate de Rothschild and Didier Aaron at Didier Aaron, Inc., 'Master Drawings', 1993, part of no. 15

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