French Sculpture Census

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ROLAND, Philippe-Laurent
Pont-à-Marcq, Nord 1746 - Paris 1816

Le petit dormeur
Sleeping Boy

c. 1774
terracotta, painted white

23 5/8 x 13

Acc. No. : 1990.206
Credit Line : Wrightsman Fund, 1990

New York, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


  • c. 1774, Made during Roland's sojourn in Italy (1770-1776)
  • 1990, June 16, Monaco, Christie's, no. 141. as anonymous 18th c.; bought by MMA
  • 1990, Wrightsman Fund


  • 1991 Draper
    James David Draper, "French Terracottas", Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. XLIX, no. 3, 1991/1992 (Winter), p. 30-31, ill.
  • 1992 Draper
    James David Draper, "Philippe-Laurent Roland in the Metropolitan Museum of Art", Metropolitan Museum Journal, vol. 27, 1992, p. 129-132, 146, ill.


  • 1783 Paris
    Salon, Paris, 1783, n° 270 (possibly)
  • 2003-2004 New York
    Playing with Fire: European Terracotta Models, 1740-1840, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 28-April 25, 2004, catalogue by James David Draper, Guilhem Scherf, no. 24 (entry by James D. Draper)

Related Works

Marble (1774) in Gabriel de Montigny, Roland's descendant, collection (in 1901).
Bronze in Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts.


Museum's website, October 18, 2012:
Influenced by sleeping erotes and depictions of Thanatos of classical antiquity;decision to include the arms, of which one is exposed and the other truncated and draped, is a revival of Baroque usage. Also reminiscent of genre-studies such as Greuze's half-lengths.