Un Eté à la Campagne is a classic of the French erotic literature. Published - and censored - in 1868, it is a casual exchange of letters between two college girls who narrate their explorations of amourous pursuits (also theirs but mainly others') in the Second Empire society. Half a century later, by an uncanny twist of social history, their quest resonates with the post-war spirit of liberation: within five years, the text inspired no fewer than four sets of illustrations, all with very different intents and resonances, and among them Brouet's first attempt in the field.