Extraordinary early stipple engraving / gravure au pointillé entitled Le Parc aux Cerfs after the 1795 work by Lambert engraved by Thouvenin. Le Parc aux Cerfs was an area in the town of Versailles were Louis XIII raised deer for the hunt, hence its name. It is said that his grandson, Louis XV, kept his young mistresses there, in a house connected by tunnels to the Palace. A detailed account can be found in the 1864 book Curiosités historiques sur Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Mme de Maintenon, Mme Du Barry, etc. by J. A. Le Roi.
Inscription below the image reads as follows:
Le Parc aux Cerfs.
This work is listed, among others by the same artist, in the Dictionnaire général des artistes de l'école française by Emile Bellier de la Chavignerie (page 888) as follows: Lambert, peintre, rue Basse des Ursins, n°5. Cet artiste a pris part aux expositions suivantes de L'Academie royale. S. 1795 Le parc aux cerfs. Jean Thouvenin (1765 - 1828) was a French line and stipple engraver who lived through the French Revolution and is best known for his classic and historical subjects.
It comes nicely matted with a neutral color, early mat enhanced by light blue watercolor, gilt and ink bands. In very good condition for its age with toning and taped tears as shown. Additional photos available upon request. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: overall: 32" by 26" including mat; paper trim: 24 1/2" by 18 3/4" approximately.
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