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The Monkey Antiquarian

A work made of etching with engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching with engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Pierre-Louis de Surugue (French, 1716–1772)
after Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin (French, 1699–1779)

About this artwork

The image of the antiquarian was perhaps somewhat less popular than that of the monkey painter, but these two prints were frequently reproduced. The caption here translates: In the obscure maze of ancient monuments Why, learned man, do you put yourself to so much trouble? For truly philosophical eyes, our century Provides enough to keep one busy.


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Prints and Drawings


Pierre Louis de Surugue


The Monkey Antiquarian


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching with engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 27.6 × 22.8 cm (10 7/8 × 9 in.); Plate: 31.3 × 24.5 cm (12 3/8 × 9 11/16 in.); Sheet: 31.8 × 25 cm (12 9/16 × 9 7/8 in.)

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Charles Greene Fund

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