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Le Tambourin

A work made of color aquatint (ash manner), with etching and engraving, on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of color aquatint (ash manner), with etching and engraving, on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1789/94

Artist:

Charles-Melchior Descourtis (French, 1753-1820)
after Nicolas-Antoine Taunay (French, 1755-1830)

About this artwork

Louis-Marin Bonnet’s color-printing repertoire included these variations on the fashionable pastel portrait genre. Softly layering multiple chalk-manner plates in colored inks, he completed the images with gold-leaf-accented frames. As the use of gold leaf was strictly regulated in France, Bonnet created an elaborate ruse: the English titles, sometimes misspelled, and printer’s address on the paper frame suggest that these prints were published in London, not Paris. Patently 18th century, with a hint of the boudoir, the resulting works closely resemble highly finished pastels.

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Artist

Charles Melchior Descourtis

Title

Le Tambourin

Origin

France

Date

Made 1788–1794

Medium

Color aquatint (ash manner), with etching and engraving, on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

307 × 235 mm (image); 390 × 292 mm (plate); 493 × 344 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Netcher

Reference Number

1924.1308

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