La Promenade Publique by Philibert-Louis Debucourt

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  • Date: 1792
  • Type: Prints
  • Edition size: 3rd State (of 3)
  • Sheet size: 45.6 x 63.5 cm
  • Reference: Fenaille 1899, 35-36, no. 35, state iii/iii, Widerner 1923, I:157-61, no. 95, state iv/iv, Inventaire 18e siècle 6: 175, no. 26, Regency to Empire, 1984-1985: no. 103, pp.290-291, Graveurs Français, 1985: no. 148, pp. 112-113: III/III, Colorful Impressions, 2003: no. 83, pp.144-1`45
  • Signed: Signed
  • Condition: Pristine

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La Promenade Publique (3rd State), 1792 The Public Promenade Etching, engraving and aquatint in yellow, blue, red and black inks from four plates 456 x 635 mm.; 18 x 25 1/16 inches Signed, lower left References: Fenaille 1899, 35-36, no. 35, state iii/iii Widerner 1923, I:157-61, no. 95, state iv/iv Inventaire 18e siècle 6: 175, no. 26 Regency to Empire, 1984-1985: no. 103, pp.290-291 Graveurs Français, 1985: no. 148, pp. 112-113: III/III Colorful Impressions, 2003: no. 83, pp.144-1`45 This is a supberb impression of undoubtedly Debucourt’s most famous print. Ittmann (Regency to Empire, p. 290) points out that in this work Debucourt depicts a pink-clad duc d’Aumount “indolently sprawling across three chairs”. Debucourt also shows the duc de Chartres (the future Louis XVIII) blowing a kiss to an admirer. All this took place just a year before the execution of Louis XVIII’s father, Philippe Egalité. Ittmann (ref. above) also points out that Debucourt was very much an experimental printmaker who already, by this time, had appropriated the English mezzotint and stipple techniques and here added the use of aquatint. Ittmann concludes that La Promenade Publique is “not only the last and greatest color print of the eighteenth century, it also appears to be the only major example of multi-color printing of the period to use aquatint”. Fenaille (M. Fenaille L’Oeuvre gravé de P. -L. Debucourt 1755-1832, Paris, 1899) describes three states of this work: First State - before all letters Second State - signed below and then to left: Dessiné & Gravé par Debucourt Peintre & Graveur Third State - below the title: A Paris chez Depeyuille, Md. d’Estampes, Rue Denis No. 52. Section du Bon Conseil./Imprimé per Blin Jne.
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