Kimmeridge, Dorset, England
Augustin de Saint-Aubin
The exaggerated lifted legs of the dancers imply a comic, theatrical style; no social dance during the 18th century would have permitted such pronounced leg gestures, especially for a woman. Both dancers wear jackets with irregular hemlines decorated with round bells similar to those found on jesters’ costumes. The lanterns and swags of flowers strung from trees and the small orchestra playing on the right suggest a guinguette, or outdoor tavern with a pleasure garden.
Inscription: lower left, in brown ink: 17[60?]; lower left, in graphite: G de St Aubin [partially cut off]; verso, visible through transmitted light, lower left: [aif?]; lower left: Fragonard; lower right: 22 / [illegible] / 22; verso of secondary support, center, in graphite: N
Medium: brush and brown and gray wash, with gouache, watercolor, and traces of graphite
Dimensions: Sheet: 19.8 x 31.3 cm (7 13/16 x 12 5/16 in.); Secondary Support: 19.8 x 31.3 cm (7 13/16 x 12 5/16 in.)
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Accesion Number: 1966.124
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