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Allegorical Figure of Envy

Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798 - 1863

Made in France, Europe

c. 1820-1823 or c. 1849

Charcoal and graphite on tan wove paper

Sheet: 19 x 16 1/4 inches (48.3 x 41.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986

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Although it has not been definitively established exactly what this male winged figure represents, it seems to have developed from an academic study made from the live model—note the prop under the left hand—into some sort of symbol or allegory, perhaps depicting the "man of genius at the portals of the tomb," a subject mentioned by Delacroix in his Journal in May 1823.