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Freely inspired by the ancient relief sculptures Fragonard had seen in Herculaneum in 1761, his four etched Bacchanals depict satyrs and nymphs disporting themselves in lush settings of his own invention.
"Etchings serve to faithfully and energetically record the happiest thoughts of the artist. We rejoice in a quantity of etchings by the most celebrated painters."
-- François-Charles Joullain, 1786
Purchased by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1949.