From the mid part of the 19th century comes this lovely original colored engraving.
It depicts a coquettish young woman with one finger pensively to her lips. She is ornately dressed in pink and purple with layers of heavy white lace at her decolletage and around the sleeves, and a tiny hat with white plumes perched atop her upswept hair.
Executed by Jean-Francois-Maurice-Arnauld, Baron Dudevant (better known as Maurice Sand 1823-89, and son of the great author Georges Sand). Maurice is also the creator of the Commedia dell'arte.
It features an actress playing the role of Princess Eriphile in Moliere's 'Les Amants Magnifique' (The Magnificent Lovers) .
Depicting Acte 11 sc 1V, it is captioned 'Quel est celui, dites-moi que vous souhaiteriez que j'epousasse'. (tell me who it is you want me to marry)
Signed lower left and measuring 6 1/2" x 10" it is in good Antique condition with minor foxing top left.
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