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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris)
The First Steps
Work Type
c. 1780-85
Physical Descriptions
Black and white chalk on lightly faded blue antique laid paper
17.1 x 22.5 cm (6 3/4 x 8 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: None
Baron R. de Portalis, Paris. [R. Ederheimer, New York], by 1915. Private Collection, France, sold; through [Christie's, New York, January 15, 1992, lot 91], sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 1992
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Isabella Grandin Fund and Marian H. Phinney Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Eunice Williams, "Gens, Honorez Fragonard!" Works from the Collections of Harvard University and Harvard Friends, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1993), checklist no. 21, discussed and repr. in unpaginated essay

Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, Fragonard, Editions Terrail (Paris, 2006), p. 223, repr. p. 225 (color)

Eunice Williams, "Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Two Drawings from the 1780s in the Fogg", Master Drawings (Winter 2015), LIII, no. 4, pp. 503-506, p. 503, repr. p. 504 as fig. 1

Perrin Stein, Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant: Works from New York Collections, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press (New York, 2016), p. 28, repr. p. 33 as fig. 27

Exhibition History

"Gens, Honorez Fragonard!", Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/15/1993 - 07/11/1993

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 10 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/15/2010 - 11/06/2010

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 11 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 10/07/2011 - 11/05/2011

32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/19/2017 - 09/13/2017

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