Seated Boy with a Book

Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (French, 1815–1891)
Seated Boy with a Book, ca. 1850s

Graphite and black chalk on paper
13 x 9 15/16 in. (33 x 25.2 cm); sheet: 13 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (34.6 x 26 cm); frame: 21 1/8 x 17 3/16 in. (53.7 x 43.7 cm)
Signed lower right with monogram.


unknown dates, Adolphe Beugniet (dealer and restorer), Paris

unknown dates, G. Pilon Tableaux & Aquarelles, Paris

unknown dates, M. Knoedler & Co., New York

?–1965, Collection of James Coats, New York

1965–?, Collection of David Daniels, New York

?–2005, Pia Gallo Fine Old Master and Modern Prints, New York

2005, Indiana University Art Museum purchase from Pia Gallo Fine Old Master and Modern Prints, New York


1965, "19th and 20th Century Master Drawings," Gallery of Modern Art, New York

February 22–November 25, 1968, "A Selection of Drawings from the David Daniels Collection," The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 22–April 21, 1968; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, May 3–June 23, 1968; Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, July 11–September 29, 1968; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 16–November 25, 1968 (cat. no. 39)

Alternate Titles

Seated Boy with a Book (Hamlet?)


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