Description & Technical information

A counterproof of this drawing is in the collection of the Bibliothèque Municipale in Besançon. Hubert Robert often made counterproofs of his drawings in both black and red chalk; this was an essential task, since by making a counterproof, any excess chalk dust – which otherwise might easily smear - would be removed from the original drawing. Often, the artist would extensively rework the counterproof to create a finished, reversed version of the original composition.

The counterproof of this drawing now in Besançon was later used for a painting of Roman Ruins with the Colosseum of 1798 in the Louvre.

Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Red chalk, Framing lines in brown ink, On paper laid down onto sheet
Dimensions: 363 x 287 cm (142⁷/₈ x 113 inches)
Provenance: Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 12 April 1999, lot 150
Anonymous sale, Paris, Christie’s, 25 March 2015, lot 131.


Literature: Sarah Catala et al, Les Hubert Robert de Besançon, exhibition catalogue, Besançon, 2013-2014, p.97, under no.59.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints