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Etching after Augustin de Saint-Aubin (Paris 1736-1807 Paris)
Inventaire du Fonds Français 21600 L.R.
L’Oeuvre gravé de A.J. Duclos, 1939: no. 141
Roux et Pognon, 1951, VII, p. 428, no. 101
Graveurs français, 1985: no. 51, pp. 48-49
A very fine impression of this grandiose etching. Le Concert took place in the salon de musique of the Hôtel de Soubise. This work, dedicated to Madame la Comtesse de Saint Brisson, is a pendant to Le Bal Paré.
Pierette Jean-Richard (Graveurs français, 1985, p. 48) catalogues this work in four states:
First State – Pure etching
Second State – Still before the frame and all letters
Third State – Before “Graveuir du Roy”, after the signature of Saint-Aubin, and before the address of Chéreau and the “privilège” (this impression)
Fourth State – With the above texts added
Duclos was a student of Augustin de Saint-Aubin who was one of the most distinguished vignettistes and portrait engravers of the period of Louis XVI. Augustin de Saint-Aubin was the younger brother of Charles-Germain and Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. He became the best known of all the Saint-Aubin family and executed more than 1300 prints. Augustin de Saint-Aubin had been in the studio of Etienne Fessard and then transferred to the studio of Laurent Cars. Duclos was a very able etcher who prepared numerous plates, often to be finished by other engravers, after drawings by Charles-Nicolas Cochin II, Jean-Michel Moreau, Charles Eisen, Gravelot and Clément-Pierre Mariller.