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The Monkey Painter

A work made of etching with engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching with engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Pierre-Louis de Surugue (French, 1716-1772)
after Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (French, 1699-1779)

About this artwork

Pierre-Louis Surugue seems to have made this print after the popular paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin that were exhibited at the 1740 Salon (now in the Musee des Beaux-Arts,Chartres). The caption of the print says: The Monkey, exact imitator or parodist, Is a very common animal, And some men on this earth paint the one Who serves as a model to the other.


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Pierre Louis de Surugue


The Monkey Painter


France (Artist's nationality)

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Etching with engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 27.7 × 22.8 cm (10 15/16 × 9 in.); Plate: 31.3 × 24.7 cm (12 3/8 × 9 3/4 in.); Sheet: 32 × 25.2 cm (12 5/8 × 9 15/16 in.)

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Charles Greene Fund

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