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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms Typ 1246

Philip Hofer collection of François Chauveau drawings for Metamorphoses d'Ovide


Drawings for the illustrations for Metamorphoses d'Ovide en rondeaux. A Paris : De L'imprimerie royal, 1676


  • 1676

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Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.3 linear feet

Collection includes 37 preparatory drawings in red and black chalk for the etchings created by Chauveau as illustrations for Ovid's Metamorphoses, published in Paris in 1676. Most drawings represent details of the etchings. Each drawing was identified by the collector by the page number in the published volume, Metamorphoses d'Ovide en rondeaux. A Paris : De L'imprimerie royal, 1676

Biographical / Historical

François Chauveau (1613-1676) was a French artist, who specialised in etchings. He was particularly famous for illustrations for the works of French classists. Philip Hofer was an American book collector, art historian, and curator; he founded in 1938 and was the first curator of Harvard's Printing & Graphic Arts department (now part of the Houghton Library). He was a member of the Harvard class of 1921.


Arranged by the collector in the order of page numbers in the printed edition.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984

Processing Information

Processed by Irina Klyagin, 2019

Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984, collector. Philip Hofer collection of François Chauveau drawings for Metamorphoses d'Ovide, 1676 (MS Typ 1246): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2019 March 6
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