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Title

The swing

1782


Artists

Nicolas de Launay

France

1739 - 1792

after Jean-Honoré Fragonard

France

1732 - 1806


About

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.


Details


Alternative title

Les hazards heureux de l’escarpolette


Date

1782


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and engraving


Edition

iv of 5 states


Dimensions

59.4 x 44.4 cm trimmed to platemark


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

263.2012


Artist information

Nicolas de Launay

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


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