Extraordinary pair of late 18th / early 19th Century copper engravings after paintings by Swedish painter Nicolas LAVREINCE (1737-1807) depicting life in France before the Revolution. Born Niklas Lafrensen in Stockholm, he was the son of miniature painter Niklas Lafrensen the Elder. Lavreince was active in Paris until the French Revolution forced him to return to Sweden. He was a master of gouache paintings and one of the most prestigious painters of his time. Engravings are entitled La Partie de Musique ( The Music Party ) and Le Concert Agreable ( The Pleasant Concert ). They are inscribed respectively as follows:
Peint par Lavreince. Gravé par V. Langlois le Jeune.
Peint par Lavrince Peintre du Roi de Suede et la Acad. Rle. de Stokolm Grave par C. N. Varin.
The first one depicts three three young ladies and a gentleman preparing themselves for a musical performance on a terrace in a park while two children and a dog watch. The second one portrays three young ladies and two gentleman getting ready for an informal, outdoor recital in a park.
Vincent Marie Langlois, le Jeune was a French engraver born in 1786 in Paris. His brother and teacher Jean Gabriel Langlois (1754-1810), was also an engraver and disciple of Simonet. Charles Nicolas VARIN (1745-1805) was a French engraver active in Paris in the late 18th, early 19th Century. His brother Joseph Varin was a well-known architecture and topographic engraver.
They come ready to display, with matching antique mats and frames. In very good used condition with minor toning and imperfections as shown. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frames: 23 1/4" by 20 3/8"; Visible Image: 16 3/4" by 13 3/4" including hachure (hatching) border approximately.