Study of a Cat (La Chat)
late 18th century
- Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, 1732-1806
MediumRed chalk on thin cream wove paper affixed to cream laid paper
Credit LineThe Esmond Bradley Martin Collection
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French). Study of a Cat (La Chat). late 18th century. Red chalk on thin cream wove paper affixed to cream laid paper. The Esmond Bradley Martin Collection. 2019.593.
Dimensionsheight: 4.25 in, 10.7950 cm; width: 5.375 in, 13.6525 cm; frame height: 9.25 in, 23.4950 cm; frame width: 10.5 in, 26.6700 cm; frame depth: 1 in, 2.5400 cm; height: 4.25 in, 10.7950 cm; width: 5.4375 in, 13.8113 cm
InscriptionSigned in pencil at lower right: "Fragonard"
DepartmentEuropean and American Art Before 1900
CollectionEuropean Painting and Sculpture before 1900
Known ProvenancePalla collection, Paris; their sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 28–29, 1873, lot 242; Alfred Sensier, Paris (possibly acquired from the Palla sale); his estate sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, December 14–15, 1877, lot 422; from which reacquired by the Palla collection; Audouin collection, Paris; their sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 16–18, 1891, lot 195; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 20, 1909, lot 57; from which acquired by Camille Groult, Paris; possibly sale, Hôtel Drouot, June 30, 1958, lot 34 (as documented by Alexandre Ananoff, L’Oeuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard, I, Paris, 1961); Georges Wildenstein, Paris; with Wildenstein, New York, after 1958; from which acquired by Esmond Bradley Martin [1941–2018], 1974; gifted the Denver Art Museum, 2019.
- "French and Italian Master Drawings from the Collection of Esmond Bradley Martin, Jr."—Denver Art Museum, May 1-June 27, 1982, (cat. by P. Hattis), no. 5
- "Old Master Paintings and Drawings from Colorado Collections"—The Aspen Art Museum, 07/30/1998 - 09/27/1998
- "Passport to Paris"—Denver Art Museum, 10/27/2013–02/09/2014