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 ink with brush and 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