Artist: Jean Claude Richard, Abbé de Saint-Non (French, Paris 1727–1791 Paris)
Medium: Pastel on paper, laid down on canvas
Dimensions: 31 5/8 x 25 in. (80.3 x 63.5 cm)
Classification: Pastels & Oil Sketches on Paper
Credit Line: Gift of Daniel Wildenstein, 1977
Accession Number: 1977.383
Saint-Non, who held a degree in theology, took minor religious orders. Later he became an amateur artist, writer, and traveler and a congenial figure in Paris society. He was a friend and patron of Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806), whom he met in Rome and with whom he traveled back to France in 1761. The Abbé’s gifts, as demonstrated here, were those of a highly skilled copyist. The pastel reproduces, with slight variations, a Fragonard painting of the same title as it looked before it was cut down to half its original size. The Fragonard painting is exhibited in gallery 615. The younger child rides a wheeled horse. Below is a Polichinelle doll—a masked clown in a bicorne hat.