At the base of some stone building fragments, there is an arrangement of a dead lobster and a group of fish beneath a large fish and an eel dangling from a string affixed via a nail to the remains of the ruined wall. A live parrot, seen from the back, head turned in profile, is perched on a nearby stone at the upper left (above the marine still-life); plants, at right.


  • Title: Still-life with Fish and Parrot
  • Creator: Jean-Baptiste Oudry
  • Date Created: 1740
  • Physical Dimensions: w416 x h306 cm
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase from Friends of the Museum Fund
  • Medium: Black and white chalk on blue laid paper
  • Provenance: Comte Antoine-François Andréossy (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, April 13-16, 1864, no. 807- for the pair); Edmond and Jules de Goncourt (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, February 15-17, 1897, no. 218); Alfred Beurdeley (sale, Paris, Galerie Petit, March 13-15, 1905, no. 184); F. Dreyfus, Paris (1924); Sarah Cooper Hewitt, New York; Erskine Hewitt, New York (sale, New York, Parke-Bernet, October 18-22, 1938, no. 559 - with its pendant; the museum purchased the pair of drawings from this sale).
  • Paper Support: Blue laid paper
  • Markings: Stamps: lower left: E. and J. de Goncourt (Lugt 1089); lower right corner: A. Beurdeley (Lugt 421).
  • Inscribed: Inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower right: Oudry 1740
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections, February 2 - April 25, 1999.New York, NY - Drawings Society Symposium on French Drawing, Christie's, October 10, 1995.Paris - Grand Palais, Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755), October 1, 1982 - January 3, 1983.New York, NY - Metropolitan Museum of Art, French Drawings and Prints of the 18th Century, August 8 - October 15, 1972.Newark, NJ - Newark Museum, Old Master Drawings, March 17- May 22, 1960.New York, NY - Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, French Master Drawings XVI - XX Centuries, February 10 - March 7, 1959, no. 35.Waterville, Maine - Colby College, Miller Library, [exhibition of drawings], April 27-May 23, 1956.Decorative Design of the Rococo Period, circulated by American Federation of the Arts (on view at Poughkeepsie, Vassar College; Garden City, Adelphi College; Louisville, J.B. Speed Museum; Zanesville, Art Institute of Zanesville; Northampton, Smith College Museum of Art), November 11, 1953 - November 11, 1954.
  • Dimensions: 30.6 x 41.6 cm (12 1/16 x 16 3/8in.)
  • Bibliography: Mireur, H., "Dictionnaire des Ventes d'Art," vol. V (Paris, 1911), p. 474 (for the Andréossy sale), p. 475 (for the Goncourt sale).Locquin, Jean. "Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre de Jean-Baptiste Oudry," in Archives de l'Art Français, Nouvelle Période, vol. VI (Paris, 1912), p. 109, no. 572.French Master Drawings from the 16th to 19th Centuries (New York: Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, 1959), no. 35.Old Master Drawings (Newark: Newark Museum, 1960), no. 44.Wunder, Richard P., Extravagant Drawings of the Eighteenth Century (New York: Lambert-Spector, Inc., 1962), p. 102, no. 53 (illus.).Vallery-Radot, Jean, Drawings of the French Masters (New York: Bonanza/Shorewood, 1962), p. 64, pl. 40 (illus.).Opperman, Hal N. "Some Animal Drawings by Jean-Baptiste Oudry" Master Drawings, New York, vol. 4: no. 4 (1966), p. 394, pl. 23 (illus.).French Drawings and Prints of the 18th Century Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972), no. 38.Eisler, Colin, The Seeing Hand: A Treasury of Great Master Drawings (New York: Harper & Row, 1975), pl. 5, after p. 215 (illus.).Opperman, Hal N., Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755). (Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1982), pp. 89, 90, cat. no. 35.Roland, Marianne, Michel Fribourg, Le Dessin Français au XVII Siècle (Switzerland: Office du Livre, 1987), p. 166, fig. 195 (illus.).Stein, Perrin, and Mary Tavener Holmes. Eighteenth Century French Drawings in New York Collections. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999), p. 44-46, 45 (illus.).

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