Very fine engraving, sheet 380 x 285mm (15 x 11¼"). Unfinished proof before all letters, trimmed to platemark.
'The Fascinated Coquette', engraved in reverse after the painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806). Beseeched by two suitors, Fragonard's heroine crowns with a wreath of roses the boy who has won her heart; he holds a target on which two of Cupid's arrows have struck the bull's-eye. Proof before names of artist and engraver, and dedication to the Marquis de Boisandré, governor of the Château de Raincy. Fragonard was a pupil and follower of Boucher who became 'the most brilliant and versatile in 18th-century France. He wielded brush, chalk and etcher's needle with extraordinary virtuosity, effortlessly varying his touch as his produced a succession of consummate masterpieces on themes from religion, mythology, genre and landscape' (Grove Dictionary of Art).
For an original etching by Fragonard see ref. 7205.
[Ref: 40291] £360.00