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Hermit Saint in the Desert

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.




Jean Honoré Fragonard
French, 1732-1806

About this artwork

The sole Boucher composition to be etched by Fragonard, this work is known to survive in only seven proofs. Possibly depicting St. Onuphrius of Egypt, a hermit who lived around 400 A.D., Boucher’s original drawing is now in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Since Fragonard made most of his twenty-four etchings during his voyages in Italy (1756-61 and 1773-74), this work is unusual for its early date and French inspiration.


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Jean Honoré Fragonard


Hermit Saint in the Desert


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on ivory laid paper


Image: 21.6 × 14.7 cm (8 9/16 × 5 13/16 in.); Plate: 23 × 15.7 cm (9 1/16 × 6 3/16 in.); Sheet: 25.4 × 25.7 cm (10 × 10 1/8 in.)

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John H. Wrenn Endowment

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