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