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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 89

    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)

    Saint Anne teaching the young Virgin to read, after Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

    Price Realised  

    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
    Saint Anne teaching the young Virgin to read, after Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
    black chalk, a reworked counterproof of a counterproof, watermark device
    11½ x 7 7/8 in. (292 x 201 mm.)


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    A reworked counterproof of a counterproof of a drawing by Fragonard after Tiepolo's 1732 altarpiece in Santa Maria della Consolazione, Venice. Fragonard's original drawing, now in the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena was made in the spring of 1761 during the artist's first trip to Italy. The counterproof is in the Donation Baderou, Musée de Rouen. See A. Ananoff, L'oeuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Paris, 1970, II, p. 180, no. 1813, fig. 454 for the drawing, and P. Rosenberg, Panopticon italiano: un diarrio di viaggio ritrovato, 1759-1761, Rome, 1986, no. 214 for the counterproof.
    We are grateful to Eunice Williams for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.

    Provenance

    William H. Crocker (1861-1937), Burlingame, California; thence by descent to his son
    Charles Crocker (1904-61), San Francisco; thence by descent to the present owners.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDENTS OF WILLIAM H. CROCKER (LOTS 38, 45, 47-53, 56, 71 AND 89)