Extraordinary French satyrical hand colored etching depicting three elderly men on a walk. It is signed on the lower left of the plate P. A. Wille 1815. Pierre Alexandre Wille, le fils (1748-1821) was a French genre and portrait painter who learned his craft at an early age from his father, etcher Jean-Georges Wille. He exhibited in the Paris Salon during the Ancien Regime, before the Revolution of 1789, but both him and his father were ruined after the Revolution. This late work, depicts old survivors of the Ancien Regime and is, perhaps, an allegory to the artist's own life.
Inscription on the page reads as follows:
Les Anciens Amis de college a la Promenade. Douce et Sainte amitié tu vis leurs premiers jeux, Et tu seras temoin de leurs derniers adieux....... [Old school friends on a walk. Gentle and Holy friendship thou saw their first games, and thou shalt be witness of their last farewells .......]
A Paris, chez Martinet, Libraire rue du Coq, N°15 Dep. a la Don Genle.
Another example of this etching is part of the collection of the British Museum. In very good used condition with minor toning and foxing to etching and slight imperfections to gilt wood frame as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 21 3/4" by 18 5/16" (52.2 cm by 46.5 cm); Sheet: 12 5/8" by 10 5/8" (32 cm by 27 cm) approximately.