One of Dantan’s hand-coloured lithographs

Not long after the publication of Cantique des cantiques, Fernand Dantan collected a further series of erotic drawings, this time mostly depicting lesbian and group scenes, and produced them as a sort of postscript or afterthought. This collection has no formal title, so we have called it Plaisirs érotiques (Erotic Pleasures). It too was housed in an unprinted étui, and was probably produced in just 100 copies. Many of the sets of both collections have since been dispersed, so complete sets are now very scarce.

We know nothing of Dantan’s personal life, but it is obvious that his drawings are done from life, and many using the same models. He clearly knew how to convey erotic energy, so probably knew something of it himself.