After Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris)
Etching, second state of three
6 7/8 × 8 3/4 in. (17.5 × 22.2 cm)
Purchase, Phyllis D. Massar Gift, 2011
Not on view
This is one of the early experimental etchings made by Marguerite Gérard when she was seventeen years old and being trained by her famous brother-in-law, Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806). The image is based on a drawing by Fragonard today in the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Playfully, a young woman places a baby on the back of a bulldog, as if he were about to ride it like a horse.
L'enfant et le bouledogue ou la première leçon d'équitation
The First Riding Lesson
Vendor: Paul Prouté, Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant," October 6, 2016–January 8, 2017.