• Title: To the Genius of Franklin (Au Génie de Franklin)
  • Creator: Marguerite Gérard after Jean-Honoré Fragonard
  • Date Created: 1778
  • Signatures / Inscriptions: Inscribed below image: “Eripuit coelo fulmen sceptrumque tirannis” [“He seized the lightning from the sky and the sceptre from the tyrants.”]
  • Print State: Second of two states, with full inscription
  • Object Type: Prints, works of art
  • Object Link: See this artwork on the Davison Art Center website
  • Object Credit Line: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1996
  • Materials & Techniques: Etching printed in brown ink on heavy white laid paper. Watermark: Three-line proprietary
  • Keywords: allegory, American Studies, government
  • Image Credit Line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/openaccess)
  • Dimensions: Plate dimensions: 516 mm x 384 mm (20.31 in. x 15.12 in.).
  • Bibliography: Wildenstein no. 27, as by Fragonard; Carlson & Ittmann, “Regency to Empire,” cat. no. 78 (pp. 232–33); Rena M. Hoisington and Perrin Stein, “Sous les yeux de Fragonard: The Prints of Marguerite Gérard,” Print Quarterly vol. 29 no. 2 (June 2012), pp. 142–62, reproduction of Metropolitan Museum of Art impression as fig. 131, p. 154; Baudicour (on Gérard) does not record this print; Mary D. Sheriff, "''Au Génie de Franklin'': An Allegory by J.-H. Fragonard," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 127, no. 3 (1983): 180-193; Pierre Rosenberg, "Franklin and Fragonard," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 150, no. 4 (2006): 575-590.
  • Associated People: Created by Marguerite Gérard (French, 1761-1837), After Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)
  • Accession Number: 1996.24.1

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