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The Little Park

A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.


c. 1763


Jean-Honoré Fragonard
French, 1732-1806

About this artwork

Fragonard spent the summer of 1760 at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, where he produced several renowned red chalk drawings of the gardens. For over two centuries, it was assumed that The Little Park, one of the artist’s most popular etchings, was part of the Tivoli series, but visitors to the Italian estate could never find the exact vantage point from which he could have drawn the composition. A recent study of Fragonard’s oeuvre revealed that the artist copied, with great accuracy, the two large trees, balustrade, and cypress from one of the 1760 sketches. The sculptures, grotto, and building are wholly invented. As in much of his work, Fragonard prioritized the depiction of nature, employing the geometry of architectural details to anchor the wild verdant canopy and undergrowth and provide a place of respite.


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Prints and Drawings


Jean Honoré Fragonard


The Little Park


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1761–1765


Etching in black on cream laid paper


Plate: 11.2 × 16.5 cm (4 7/16 × 6 1/2 in.); Sheet: 13.5 × 18.6 cm (5 3/8 × 7 3/8 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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