La Jeu de la Palette

Artist: Jean Claude Richard, Abbé de Saint-Non (French, Paris 1727–1791 Paris)

Artist: After Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris)

Date: 1766

Medium: Aquatint printed in brown ink

Dimensions: 8 9/16 x 11 1/8 in. (21.7 x 28.3 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: A. Hyatt Mayor Purchase Fund, Marjorie Phelps Starr Bequest, 2001

Accession Number: 2001.441.1


A patron of the arts and also a printmaker, Saint-Non made etchings based on drawings by many of France's leading artists, which he published in suites entitled, Griffonis (1755–78). About 1765, he developed aquatint as a tonal process he could employ to suggest ink washes in his prints after the drawings of his friends Fragonard and Hubert Robert.