An original 18th-century engraving print, Demarteau after Jean-Baptiste Huet Pastoral Scene with Shepherd Boy.
A beautiful pastoral engraving by Gilles Demarteau (1722-1776) after Jean-Baptiste Huet (1745-1811). Gilles Demarteau is one of the persons who is credited with the invention of the crayon manner of engraving and is recognized as playing an important role in the development of this technique.
Hand-coloured with chalk. On laid paper.
The engraving has been trimmed to the image and is affixed to backing paper at the lower corners. The backing paper is inscribed 'J.B. Huet del' and Demarteau sc.'
This is one of a pair that we have for sale.
Overall in good condition for its age, there is some age toning, and the edges of the laid paper are slightly rubbed at the lower left and upper right corners.
16.9cm x 23.2cm.
This picture forms part of a fascinating collection of largely early 19th-century works we have for sale connected with the important Burrard family of Lymington. Taken as a whole, the collection tells of the family’s artistic talents, including that of artist and seaman Admiral Sir Charles Burrard; Laura Burrard, whose drawings are in the National History Museum; and poet Caroline Anne Bowles, future wife of Poet Laureate Robert Southey. They picture the places in Hampshire where the family grew up and which remained significant to the Burrards through the 19th century, along with Naval subjects, evidencing the importance of Naval achievement in the family’s history. In addition, there are some unusual subjects relating to New World exploration, forming a fascinating record of contemporary interest in this amongst the English ruling classes at this time.
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Product code: JK-308