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Louis-Marie-Joseph Morel d'Arleux (1755-1827), Paris; Thence by descent until 1993; Dijon, E. de Vregille-C. Bizouard, Commissaires-priseurs, 25 June 1993, lot 30 bis); Private collection, New York, 1993-2013; with W.M. Brady & Co., where acquired, 2014.
Museum purchase, Roscoe and Margaret Oakes Income Fund
During his extended stay in Rome, Robert devoted considerable energy to recording his surroundings in the medium of red chalk. Beyond his many representations of gardens and ancient ruins, he produced a small number of drawings of domestic and agricultural machinery. This study of the laundry facilities in a dark Roman cellar once belonged to Louis-Marie-Joseph Morel d’Arleux (1755-1827), the founding curator of the Cabinet des dessins at the Musée Napoléon from 1797 to 1827.