The Members of the Academy of Beaux-Arts Assembled to Jury the Rome Prize

Paul Delaroche1841 or 1842

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This sketch records a meeting of the jury of the Rome Prize, an annual award for promising students given by the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. The prize included a scholarship for several years of study in Rome amid treasures of ancient and Renaissance art. The Rome Prize long represented the first important step toward developing a solid official career as a painter in France. Although most of the men sketched here are unrecognizable, the one closest to the left appears to be the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). The identification allows us to correct the date of 1843 inscribed at the bottom of the drawing, for we know that Ingres did not participate as a jury member in 1843. Instead the sketch must date to 1841 or 1842.

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  • Title: The Members of the Academy of Beaux-Arts Assembled to Jury the Rome Prize
  • Creator: Paul Delaroche (French, 1797-1856)
  • Date Created: 1841 or 1842
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 16.4 x 29.2 cm (6 7/16 x 11 1/2 in.); Secondary Support: 28.4 x 42.9 cm (11 3/16 x 16 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2008.346
  • Medium: pen and brown ink
  • Inscriptions: lower center, in graphite: PaulDelaroche / 1843; secondary support, left center, in graphite: Ingres-=; lower center, in black ink: Les membres de l'academie des beaux arts assemblés / en jury des prix de Rome.; lower right, in black ink: Paul De la Roche.
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 2008.346

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