Les Pétards (The Fireworks)

about 1763-65
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806)


Sheet (sight): 26.3 x 38.1 cm (10 3/8 x 15 in.) Framed: 53.3 x 65.4 cm (21 x 25 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and brown wash over graphite on cream laid paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Gilbert Paignon Dijonval (b. 1708 - d. 1792) [see note 1]; by inheritance to his grandson, Vicomte Charles Gilbert Morel de Vindé (b. 1759 - d. 1842), Paris; December 17, 1821, Morel de Vindé sale, Paillet, Paris, lot 8903. Jacob de la Cottière, Director of the Librairie Hachette, Paris; given by Jacob de la Cottière to Emile Templier (d. 1891), Paris; by descent to his son-in-law, René Joret Desclosieres (d. 1912), Paris; 1913, acquired from M. Desclosières by David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (his no. 1224) [see note 2]; 1937, sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein, Paris and New York [see note 3]. 1944, sold by Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 1944)

[1] M. Bénard, Cabinet de M. Paignon Dijonval (Paris, 1810), p. 54, cat. no. 3652. [2] See Gabriel Henriot, Collection David-Weill, volume 3, Dessins, part 1 (Paris, 1928), pp.165-166. [3] See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20. The drawing was included in the exhibition "French XVIII Century Pastels, Water Colors, and Drawings from the David-Weill Collection" (Wildenstein and Co., New York, November-December, 1938), no. 69.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund and Seth K. Sweetser Fund