Signed Achille Deveria (1800-1857) a major name in the 19th Century, and an artist listed in the Benezit, etc, this is a small "stipple" engraving with a young boy's portrait of an extreme finesse.
It is actually impossible to find anything more beautiful in that medium!
I am delighted to say the British Museum owns the piece!
(just enter "Ascagne" and "Deveria" in Google to find a full description)
The engraving makes a pair with item 1973pnt "Dido's Sister", and is part of a series of 4.
These pieces, which were done very early in the Century and in Deveria's career (1820s) right after the French Empire, are small masterpieces in the Neo-Classical style.
They are excerpts from a large painting of the time, an innovative feature in the world of engraving, since the medium was supposed to just reproduce painting, and not make selections.
By using the stipple technique, Deveria has been able to give his portraits the quality of soft white marble.
If you look up close, you will see an interesting pattern of light dots, which replaces shadows with lightness.
The characters' features are incredible delicate, they have beautiful eyes and smiles, and are both the picture of innocence!
Their arms and upper bodies are perfect sculptures.
Here is "Ascagne", (Ascanius) Aeneas' son, hugged by Dido, Queen of Carthage, whose gorgeous arm only was made visible by the artist.
Some parts of the artwork are realistic, while others are just a light sketch blending into the page.
This totally ethereal artwork which was sold in a Palais Royal Gallery, meaning one of the most elegant places across from the French Royal Palace, as mentioned below the image, will bring prestige and beauty to any decor.
MEASUREMENTS: Total Length: 11 3/8". Width: 8 3/8". ( 29cm) by (21.5 cm)
Subject Length: 5". Width: 4 1/2" (12.5 cm) by (11.5 cm)
Will be shipped Registered Airmail from Paris (very safe!) including insurance and signature at delivery.
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