Eighteenth-Century Drawings from the Collection of Mrs. Gertrude Laughlin Chanler

June 20 – September 6, 1982

East Building, Ground Floor, Northeast, Pod I (2,000 sq. ft.)

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: Among the 25 drawings were 6 by François Boucher, 6 by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and others by their contemporaries. Also included were 4 books. Between 1912 and 1935, Irwin Boyle Laughlin (1871-1941), prominent Washingtonian and former ambassador to Spain, had assembled a collection of drawings that passed to his daughter Gertrude Laughlin Chanler in 1958. Selections had been shown at the Gallery in 1944, and the same collection in 1967.

Organization: The exhibition was coordinated by Margaret Morgan Grasselli.

Attendance: 161,871

Catalog: Eighteenth-Century Drawings from the Collection of Mrs. Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, by Margaret Morgan Grasselli. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1982.

Image: Antoine Watteau, Italian Comedians Taking Their Bows, c. 1718, red chalk and graphite on cream laid paper, Gift of Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, 2000.9.27