Temple of the Sibyl at Tivoli

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806)
Temple of the Sibyl at Tivoli, before 1787

Brown wash over red chalk on paper
Stamped lower right with the mark of the Beurdeley collection
Evan F. Lilly Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 77.54.2


?–1787, Collection of Duc de Chabot et de La Mure, or Desmarets collection, France

December 17–22, 1787, Sale, "Dessins des trois écoles (Vente anonyme)," A. J. Paillet (auctioneer), Paris (Collection Duc de Chabot et de La Mure or Collection Desmarets), lot no. 170

?–1846, Saint collection, France

May 4–14, 1846, Sale, "Tableaux anciens et modernes (Vente Saint)," Bonnefons de Lavialle (auctioneer), Paris, lot no. 278

?–1880, Collection of Hippolyte Walferdin, France

April 12–16, 1880, Sale, "Tableaux et dessins de l'école française (Vente Walferdin)," Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot no. 220

?–1905, Collection of Alfred Beurdeley, France

March 13–15, 1905, Sale, "Dessins, acquarelles, gouaches des l'éoles française (Vente A. Beurdeley)," Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot no. 75

unknown dates, Collection of Comte de Moltke

unknown dates, Collection of William K. Vanderbilt, New York

?–1961, Collection of Princess Charles Murat, New York

November 29, 1961, Sale, "Sale of the Property of Princess Charles Murat and Others," Sotheby's, London, lot no. 30

ca. 1971–1977, Wildenstein Gallery, New York

July 1977, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, purchased from Wildenstein Gallery


January–February, 1971, "Old and Modern Master Drawings," Wildenstein Gallery, New York (no catalogue)

February–March, 1973, "Master Drawings," Wildenstein Gallery, New York (no catalogue)

April 16–May 15, 1976, "French Neoclassicism," Wildenstein Gallery, New York, no. 22 (no catalogue)

November 10–December 28, 1981, "Three Masters of Landscape: Fragonard, Robert & Boucher," Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

January 16–March 3, 1985, "Drawings from the Indiana University Art Museum Collection," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington

August 4–September 29, 1996, "Scenic Views: Eighteenth-Century Landscapes, Ruinscapes, and Cityscapes," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington

September 20-December 21, 2008, "The Grand Tour: Art and Travel, 1740-1914," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington

Catalogue Raisonné

Portalis, R. Honoré Fragonard: sa vie et son oeuvre. Paris, 1889 (pg. 313)

Ananoff, A. L'Oeuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Vol. II. Paris, 1963 (pgs. 113-114, cat. no. 868)


Provenance research on this work is ongoing, and this record will be updated as more information becomes available.