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Artist: Hubert Robert, French, 1733–1808

The Old Bridge

ca. 1760

Oil on canvas

unframed: 76.2 × 100.3 cm (30 × 39 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mary C. and James W. Fosburgh B.A. 1933, M.A. 1935
On view
18th century

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)


Pierre de Nolhac, Hubert Robert (Paris: Goupil & Cie, 1910), 142.

“Art Quarterly,” Art Quarterly 18, no. 1 (1955): 104.

Helen Comstock, “The Connoisseur in America: Acquisitions at the Yale Gallery,” Connoisseur 143 (1959): 273.

Francoise Forster-Hahn, French and School of Paris Paintings in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1968).

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.

Frederick A. Den Broeder, The Academy of Europe: Rome in the 18th Century, exh. cat. (Storrs, Conn.: University of Connecticut Foundation, 1973).

Brinsely Ford, “The Pictures at Stratfield Saye,” Apollo 102, no. 161 (1975): 19–29.

Michael Fried, Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1980).

Georges Bernier, Hurbert Robert: The Pleasure of Ruins, exh. cat. (New York: Wildenstein, 1988), no. 26.

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.

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.

“Discoveries from a Class on the Technical Study of Art,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2019): 91, fig. 7–8.

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