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Title

The swing

1782

Artists

Nicolas de Launay

France

1739 - 1792

after Jean-Honoré Fragonard

France

1732 - 1806

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Nicolas de Launay

    Works in the collection

    1

    Artist information
    after Jean-Honoré Fragonard

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

  • Provenance

    Hill-Stone Inc., New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by the AGNSW from Hill-Stone Inc. 2012

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