The Old Bridge Artist: Hubert Robert (French, 1733–1808)

ca. 1760

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art


Oil on canvas


unframed: 76.2 × 100.3 cm (30 × 39 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary C. and James W. Fosburgh B.A. 1933, M.A. 1935

Accession Number



18th century


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M. Moreau-Chaslon Collection; Sale, M. Moreau-Chaslon, 6 February 1882, Paris, Hotel Drouot (as "Pont Monumental avec Grand Escalier et Nombreux Personnages"); Camille Groult (1837 - 1908) Collection, France; by inheritance to his son, Jean Groult (1868-1951) Collection, France; by inheritance to his son, Pierre Bordeaux-Groult, 1951-1954; sold to Newhouse Galleries, Inc., on July 1954 in Paris; Newhouse Galleries, Inc., New York, brought to U.S. in August 1954- November 1957; purchased by Mr. and Mrs. James W. Fosburgh, B.A. 1933, M.A. 1935 (1957); gift to Yale University Art Gallery (1957)

  • "Discoveries from a Class on the Technical Study of Art," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2019): 91, fig. 7–8.
  • Musée du Louvre, Hubert Robert: 1733–1808, Un peintre visionnaire, exh. cat. (Paris: Somogy Editions d'art, March 8–May 30, 2016), 294–95, no. 79, ill.
  • Fratelli Palombi, ed., J.H. Fragonard e H. Robert a Roma: Villa Medici, 6 dicembre 1990–24 febbraio 1991, exh. cat. (Rome: Carte Segrete, 1990), 102, no. 80.
  • Jutta Held, Monument und Volk: vorrevolutionäre Wahrnehmung in Bildern des ausgehenden Ancien Régime (Cologne, Germany: Böhlau, 1990), 420–22, no. 213.
  • Georges Bernier, Hurbert Robert: The Pleasure of Ruins, exh. cat. (New York: Wildenstein, 1988), no. 26.
  • Michael Fried, Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1980).
  • Brinsely Ford, "The Pictures at Stratfield Saye," Apollo 102, no. 161 (1975): 19–29.
  • Frederick A. Den Broeder, The Academy of Europe: Rome in the 18th Century, exh. cat. (Storrs, Conn.: University of Connecticut Foundation, 1973).
  • Katherine Neilson and Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972), no. 52, pl. 9.
  • Francoise Forster-Hahn, French and School of Paris Paintings in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1968).
  • University of California, Los Angeles, French Masters: Rococo to Romanticism; an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints sponsored by the UCLA art council, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, 1961), 26.
  • Helen Comstock, "The Connoisseur in America: Acquisitions at the Yale Gallery," Connoisseur 143 (1959): 273.
  • "Art Quarterly," Art Quarterly 18, no. 1 (1955): 104.
  • Pierre de Nolhac, Hubert Robert (Paris: Goupil & Cie, 1910), 142.

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human figures (visual works)


bridge hill


Hubert Robert

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