Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806)
“Saint Luke”, c1764, after a pendentive design in the Cathedral of Naples/Church of the Holy Apostles by Giovanni Lanfranco (1582–1647)
Etching on laid paper
Size: (sheet) 12.1 x 9 cm; (image borderline) 10.8 x 7.9 cm
Inscribed below the image borderline at left: "Lanfranc a naple aux St. Apotre".
State i (of ii) a lifetime impression before the addition of the plate number.
Wildenstein 17, I; Baudicour 20; IFF 16 I.
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“St Luke, sitting and leaning on the portrait of Virgin Mary, looking at a book presented by three cherubs on the left; on the right, another cherub holding palette and brushes. c.1761/65” (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1882-0311-1152)
See also the descriptions of this print at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Cleveland Museum: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/369291; http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1926.282.
Condition: a well-printed impression—perhaps slightly over-wiped on the lower angels’ legs—trimmed around the platemark with small margins around the borderline. Beyond traces of mounting glue verso, the sheet is in an excellent condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this small but magnificent first state (lifetime) impression by one of most famous of the French Rococo artists, for the total cost of AU$456 (currently US$318.84/EUR311.76/GBP261.70 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this original Fragonard—as opposed to a print after Fragonard and mindful that prints of this rarity and quality are seldom seen on the market place—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
Note that this is the second impression of this print that I have listed. The previous impression has been sold.