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Frontispiece, from Madame de Pompadour's
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Frontispiece, from Madame de Pompadour's "Suite of Prints"

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Description The frontispiece for Madame de Pompadour’s Suite of Prints pays homage to the royal mistress and to the tradition of collecting carved gems. A banner emblazoned with the title of the Suite is suspended from a fluted classical column. Floating above, two winged putti compete for the honor of crowning Pompadour’s name with flowers. Below, another putto—in the guise of an antiquarian or connoisseur—carefully inspects the contents of a carved gem cabinet with a magnifying glass.
  • Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 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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ca. 1755
ink on paper (etched and engraved)
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 14 9/16 × W: 9 3/8 in. (37 × 23.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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