Jean-Honoré Fragonard

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard
1732-1806
The Eruption of Monte Nuovo
Pen and brush and brown ink, over black chalk, on paper.
8 11/16 x 6 1/2 inches (221 x 165 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Rowland Burdon-Muller.
1955.2
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Inscribed at lower center, below dolphin, "Monte novo"; at lower left, "I y".
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Probably M. de Bourguignon de Fabregoules, Aix-en-Provence; M. Charles-Joseph-Barthélemi Giraud, Perne; Flury-Hérard, Paris (Lugt 1015, numbered in pen and black ink, "268"); probably his sale, Paris, Blaisot, 13-15 May 1861; H.M. Calmann, Ltd., London.
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Watermark: probably Vanderley; letter "V" and shield enclosing fleur-de-lis (cut off).
This is Fragonard's preparatory design for the tailpiece for chapter eleven, engraved by Charles Guttenberg, in the Abbé de Saint-Non's "Voyage pittoresque ou description des royaumes de Naples et de Sicilie", Paris, 1781-1786, volume I, part 2, p. 222.

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