DAC Collection Object Information
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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