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Drawing, Design for Embroidery, Corner of Gentleman's Waistcoat

This is a Drawing. It was style of Charles-Germain de Saint-Aubin. It is dated ca. 1780 and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is brush and gouache, pen and black ink on oiled translucent paper, joined at center. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.



Clearly inspired by the ornament prints of Charles Germain de Saint-Aubin, a large butterfly pulls a chariot with two smaller companions in the rear. Intended for a waistcoat, this whimsical scene might possibly refer to the goddess Psyche, who is frequently depicted as a butterfly pulling a chariot.

It is credited Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf.

Its dimensions are

16.5 × 39.3 cm (6 1/2 × 15 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Embroidery, Corner of Gentleman's Waistcoat; Style of Charles-Germain de Saint-Aubin (French, 1721–1786); France; brush and gouache, pen and black ink on oiled translucent paper, joined at center; 16.5 × 39.3 cm (6 1/2 × 15 1/2 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-59-3

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Embroidered and Embellished.

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