Sheet: 39.1 x 52.3 cm (15 3/8 x 20 9/16 in.)
Edwin R. and Harriet Pelton Perkins Memorial Fund 1994.196
Catalogue raisonné: Wildenstein 23 ; Baudicour 2
State: W. I/IV ; B. I/III
Fragonard designed this popular etching to delight his viewers, who spy on the dramatic scene like the eavesdropping servants in the background. A maiden weeps as her boyfriend, caught hiding in a wardrobe, sheepishly faces the girl’s angry parents. Rumpled bed sheets and the position of the hat give away the passionate activities of the young lovers. Comically, the hat with a broad ribbon held by the boy belongs to his girlfriend. His plain hat with a buttoned-up brim hangs in the cupboard.
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