Jean Claude Richard, Abbé de Saint-Non (French, 1727–1791), after Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806)
Aquatint printed in brown ink
8 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (21.7 x 28.3 cm)
A. Hyatt Mayor Purchase Fund, Marjorie Phelps Starr Bequest, 2001 (2001.441)
A patron of the arts and also a printmaker, Saint-Non copied drawings by many of France's leading artists, which he published among the etchings in his collected works, Griffonis (175578). About 1765, he developed aquatint as a tonal process he could apply to etchings to approximate ink washes in the drawings of his friends Fragonard and Hubert Robert.