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Marguerite Gérard

Image: To the Genius of Franklin (Au Génie de Franklin)

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To the Genius of Franklin (Au Génie de Franklin)

18th century
516 x 384 mm (20.3 x 15.1 in.)

Marguerite Gérard, French, (1761–1837)
After Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, (1732–1806)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Etching printed in brown ink on heavyweight white laid paper
State: Second of two states, with full inscription
Print impression quality: Very good
Marks: Inscribed below image: “Eripuit coelo fulmen sceptrumque tirannis” [“He seized the lightning from the sky and the sceptre from the tyrants.”]
Marks: Watermark: Three-line proprietary
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.
Credit Line: Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1996
Accession Number: 1996.24.1

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