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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.

Date:

1752/56

Artist:

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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Artist

Jean Honoré Fragonard

Title

Hermit Saint in the Desert

Origin

France

Date

1752–1806

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

216 × 147 mm (image); 230 × 157 mm (plate); 254 × 257 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Endowment

Reference Number

1947.561

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