Copy of Couture's "The Prodigal Son", Le Havre, France

Object Number: 
September 5, 1876
Graphite on ivory paper.
Sheet: 5 13/16 x 3 3/4 in. (14.8 x 9.5 cm)
Inscribed in graphite at lower-center right: "CB[with circle around it] / copy"; at lower left, diagonally: "Havre 5th Sep 76 / Copy from Couture's / Prodigal son in the museum" Inscribed in graphite in sketchbook, below drawing: "The original of ths painting / was owned by G.P.A. Healy and was / loaned to the Chicago HIstorical Society / when it was burned Oct 9th 1871"
Drawing from a bound album of 308 tipped in works by Beckwith. The original of Couture's Prodigal Son no longer exists, but was probably in the Musee des Beaux Arts in Le Havre, France when Beckwith saw it.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the National Academy of Design
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group