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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris)
The Young Girl Abandoned
Other Titles
Original Language Title: L'Abandonnée
Work Type
c. 1790
Physical Descriptions
Brown and gray wash, over black chalk accented with charcoal (?) and gum arabic (?), on cream antique laid paper washed with gum arabic (?)
33.8 x 24.9 cm (13 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
framed: 55.88 x 47.94 x 6.35 cm (22 x 18 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.)
Hippolyte Walferdin, sold [through his sale, April 12-16, 1880, Hotel Drouot, lot 209]; to Albert Meyer. Camille Groult, Paris, by 1889. [Wildenstein & Company, New York, NY], sold; to Charles E. Dunlap, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1955.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles E. Dunlap
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Collection de feu M. Walferdin Tableaux et Dessins de L'école Française Oeuvres Importantes de H. Fragonard, Boucher, Greuze, Géricault, etc., auct. cat. (Paris, April 12-16, 1880), p. 64, lot 209

Eunice Williams, Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 1978), cat. no. 61, p. 150, repr. p. 151

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 277, p. 237, repr.

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. 28, repr.

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., "To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2005), no. 9, fig. 8 (color)

Matthias Waschek, Marjorie B. Cohn, Judith Mann, and Stephan Wolohojian, Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, 2008), no. 37, repr. pp. 34-35

Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, Review of "Fragonard's Progress of Love at the Frick Collection" by Colin B. Bailey, The Burlington Magazine (May 2013), CLV, pp. 335-336, p. 336 (note 7)

Exhibition History

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

"To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/17/2005 - 03/12/2006

Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 10/24/2008 - 10/03/2009

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

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