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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Imitator of Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris)
Young Woman Seated in a Garden
Work Type
20th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink and brown wash over graphite on cream laid paper, framing line in brown ink
29.3 x 36.2 cm (11 9/16 x 14 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: lower right, red ink, printed: False mark: Charles Gasc (Lugt no. 4661)
  • inscription: verso, brown ink: Fragonard (Honoré) né à Grasse en 1732 mort en 1806 / Dessin acheté à Paris en 1857 / H = 0 m 291 L = 0 m 362 / CG
    [The forger attempted to emulate the handwriting of the mid-nineteenth century collector 'Charles Gasc.' below inscription (Lugt no. 1068) ]
Alexandre Ananoff, Paris, sold; [Sotheby's London, 10 May, 1961, lot 75], sold; to [Schaeffer Galleries, New York], sold; to Eugene V. Thaw, New York, New York, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2005.

NOTE: Provenance information from an article by Geraldine Norman in "The Times" (London), 8 March 1978.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Eugene Victor Thaw
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Alexandre Ananoff, L'Œuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1961-1970), vol. I, p. 103, no. 198

Geraldine Norman, "More than 30 'Fragonard' drawings may be fakes", The Times [London] (March 8, 1978), p. 1

Geraldine Norman, "When a Fragonard copy looks just too good to be true", The Times [London] (March 9, 1978), p. 12, repr.

Eunice Williams, Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, 1978), p. 90

Les Marques de Collections de Dessins & d'Estampes, website, Fondation Custodia, 2015, under L. 4661

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