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Monday 6 November 2023

Nicolas François Regnault’s colour stipple engraving, “The Stolen Kiss”, 1788, after Fragonard

Nicolas François Regnault (1746–1810)

“The Stolen Kiss” (aka “The Secret Kiss”; “Le Baiser à la Dérobée”), after the painting (1787) of the same composition in reverse by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732– 1806) and Marguerite Gérard (1761–1837)—Fragonard’s student and sister-in-law (seeà_la_dérobée)—in the collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, published in Paris by Regnault.

Hand-coloured stipple etching and engraving on heavy wove paper, trimmed with a small margin around the platemark on the top and sides and sightly within the platemark on the lower edge.

Size: (sheet) 43 x 51 cm; (image borderline) 35.6 x 45.9 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (centre) “LE BAISER A LA DEROBÉE./ Gravé Par N. F. Regnault, d’Après le Tableau d’h. Fragonard, Peintre du Roi/ AParis chez Regnault, Rue de Montmorency, No. 22.”

Henri Béraldi and Roger Portalis (1882) in “Les G r a v e u r s du Dix-Huitième Siècle”, Vol. 3, Part 1 (Paris, Damascéxe Morgand et Charles Fatout) offer the following description of the printing process used by Regnault: (transl.) “a very fine dotted process [recalling] the black manner [‘la manière noire’]” (p. 385).

See the description of this print offered by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: .

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with age-toning and significant scattered foxing.

I am selling this amazingly fine coloured stipple engraving, published just one year after the famous painting by Fragonard was completed, showing a young lady torn between a clandestine kiss by simultaneously leaning towards her lover, but with fear in her eyes and a long restraint in her wardrobe holding her back from illicit dalliance, for the total cost of AU$287 (currently US$191.83/EUR173.57/GBP152.79 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this beautiful portrayal of aristocratic intrigue executed at the time when the French revolution was crumbling the very foundations of polite society, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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