Museum quality, rare 18th C. CHAMBRE DU COER DU VOLTAIRE , large, black and white French copper engraving designed in 1781, three years after Voltaire's (1694-1778) death. It depicts the Chateau de Ferney were Voltaire spent the last 25 years of his life. The room has a period bed on the right, a gallery of portraits of his friends, including Catherine the Great, and a monument meant to hold the philosopher's heart. The engraving is inscribed as follows:
Dessinee par Duche, d'apres nature au Chateau de Ferney en 1781. Grave par Nee. CHAMBRE DU COER DU VOLTAIRE
N.B. Pour les Vues du Chateau de Ferney il faut avoir recours aux deux Estampes que nous en avons donnes dans les Tableaux Pittoresques de la Suisse n°155 et au °161 du meme Ouvrage pour la Vue du Tombeau de Voltaire a Fernay. Pays de Gex N°1.
Copies of this engraving are part of the collections of the Chateau de Versailles and the De Young Legion of Honor Museum of San Francisco among others. In very good used condition with trimming, minor toning and spotting as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number. Off white mat measuring 28" by 22 available, contact for additional shipping cost quote.
Measurements: outer margins sheet: 20" by 13"; printed image: 16 9/16" by 6 3/8" approximately.
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