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Study for The Deluge

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Standing figure of a nude male carrying the body of a youth over his right shoulder. Drapery encircles the hips of the youth and falls along the right side of the standing man and over his right thigh. The figure stands on a square rocky base with a helme


Between the late 1950s and 1968, probably purchased in France by Joseph H. Hirshhorn (b. 1899 - d. 1981), Cap d’Antibes [1]; 1981, at Hirshhorn's death, bequeathed to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (Inv. No. S.86.48); deaccessioned by the Hirshhorn; November 1, 1989, Hirshhorn Museum sale, Christie's, New York, to Anthony Roth, Fine Arts Ltd., London; sold by Anthony Roth to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 29, 1989) NOTE: [1] Anne L. Poulet, “Clodion’s Sculpture of the Déluge,” Journal of the Museum of Fine Arts 3 (1991), 51-76, here 72, endnote 16

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Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund

French, about 1800

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Overall: 26.3 x 15 x 9.8cm (10 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 3 7/8in.)

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