Jan 15, 2019

The Relics

The Relics

c. 1835

Jean-Jacques Grandville

(French, 1803–1847)

Pen and brown ink, brown ink wash, heightened with white and red-orange gouache with scoring on wove paper

Sheet: 11.8 x 9.4 cm (4 5/8 x 3 11/16 in.); Mounted: 20.6 x 16.5 cm (8 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2018.1065


Did you know?

This drawing illustrated Les Reliques, a song written in the voice of the skeleton seen in the image.


Grandville was known for the many illustrations he contributed to books and periodicals, often in a creative, fantastic style. This drawing relates to an image that appeared in an 1835 edition of the popular songwriter Pierre Jean de Béranger’s complete works. It accompanied the lyrics to a macabre song entitled Les Reliques, written in the voice of the skeleton who appears in the image.

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