This beautiful original copper-plate engraving by the famous French Artist and Engraver Etienne Ficquet is a rare find. It was conducted magnificently after a painting by Hyacinthe Rigaud.
It shows Jean de La Fontaine - a French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables. Under his portrait is a depiction of the fable "The Wolf and the Lamb". The engraving dates back to the third quarter of the 18th Century. It comes in a circa 100 year old wooden frame.
Hyacinthe Rigaud was a French baroque painter of Catalan origin whose career was based in Paris. He was one of the most important portrait painters during the reign of King Louis XIV. His instinct for impressive poses and grand presentations precisely suited the tastes of the royal personages, ambassadors, clerics, courtiers, and financiers who sat for him.
The painting by Hyacinthe Rigaud which inspired this engraving was made when Jean de la Fontaine was 63 years old, on the occasion of his reception into the Académie française in 1684.
Artist: Etienne Ficquet / Hyacinthe Rigaud
Published : Paris circa 1780
Size: circa 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Condition : In very good antique condition. (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
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