Nicolas de Launay
1739 - 1792
after Jean-Honoré Fragonard
1732 - 1806
The engraving by Nicolas de Launay after Fragonard’s ‘Swing’ reproduces (in reverse to the painting in the Wallace Collection London) one of the iconic images of 18th-century art, epitomizing the artifice and light-hearted eroticism of the late Rococo style. The main difference between the painting and engraving is the addition of plumes in the hat of the girl.
De Launay published the print himself, advertising it in the ‘Gazette de France’ on 2 April 1782. He dedicated it personally to Fragonard, calling himself Fragonard’s “very humble and very obedient servant”. Other inscriptions below the image specify the title, the painter, the engraver and the address of De Launay as the publisher. The lively vignette below the image bearing Fragonard’s initials was designed by Pierre-Philippe Choffard.
Les hazards heureux de l’escarpolette
etching and engraving
iv of 5 states
59.4 x 44.4 cm trimmed to platemark
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014
Referenced in 4 publications
Victor I Carlson and John W Ittmann, Regency to Empire. French printmaking 1715-1814, 1984, illus p 254. no 88
M Hebert, E Pognon and Y Bruand, Inventaire du fonds français XVIII siècle, Bibliothèque Nationale, Cabinet des Estampes, Paris, 1968. no 223
Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500-1900, Sydney, 2014, col illus p 91.
Kristin L Spangenberg (Editor), Six Centuries of Master Prints. Treasures from the Herbert Greer French Collection, United States of America, 1993, p 227. no 110