Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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To the Genius of Franklin (Au Génie de Franklin),

Etching printed in brown ink on heavyweight white laid paper

Second of two states, with full inscription

Print impression quality: Very good

Dimensions (Plate): 516 x 384 mm (20.3 x 15.1 in.)

Inscribed below image: “Eripuit coelo fulmen sceptrumque tirannis” [“He seized the lightning from the sky and the sceptre from the tyrants.”]

Watermark: Three-line proprietary

Accession number: 1996.24.1

Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1996

Bibliography: Wildenstein cat. no. 27, as by Fragonard; Carlson and Ittmann, Regency to Empire, cat. no. 78, pp. 232–233; Rena M. Hoisington and Perrin Stein, “Sous les yeux de Fragonard: The Prints of Marguerite Gérard,” Print Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 2 (June 2012), pp. 142–162, reproduction of Metropolitan Museum of Art impression as fig. 131, p. 154; Baudicour (on Gérard) does not record this print; Mary D. Sheriff, “‘Au Génie de Franklin’: An Allegory by J.-H. Fragonard,” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 127, no. 3 (1983), pp. 180–193; Pierre Rosenberg, “Franklin and Fragonard,” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 150, no. 4 (2006), pp. 575–590.

Work Type: print

Related Works: Fragonard’s drawing is in brown ink; impressions of the print in brown ink are known, but more usually it is printed in black.

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