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Portraits of Monseigneur le Dauphin and of Madame la Dauphine, from Madame de Pompadour's
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Portraits of Monseigneur le Dauphin and of Madame la Dauphine, from Madame de Pompadour's "Suite of Prints"


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Description This print demonstrates particular attention to accurately recording the cameo on which it is based: a double portrait of Louis, prince of France, and his wife, Marie-Josèphe de Saxe. Diagrams indicate not only the circumference and mineralogical type of the stone, but also its thickness. However, the etched translation of the image goes beyond faithful transcription: note, for example, how the print harnesses the tonal possibilities of ink to soften and slacken the marine creature’s gills.
Exhibitions
  • Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker. 2016.
Provenance Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, ca. 1755. Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1895; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1895

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Period
ca. 1758
Medium
ink on paper (etched and engraved)
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
92.548.61
Measurements
Folio H: 14 9/16 × W: 9 3/8 in. (37 × 23.8 cm)
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Not On View

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