|Etching and engraving with hand colouring
|Laurent Cars after Nicolas Lancret
|Image 554 x 415 mm
Portrait of the ballerina Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo, dancing in a woodland clearing at centre-right, her right foot slightly off the ground, arms outstretched with the left raised and the right lowered. She wears a skirted dress with ruffled sleeves and is decorated with garlands of flowers. To her right, a man leans against a pedestal with an urn, playing the pipe and tabor. To the left, a group of admiring musicians and onlookers are amongst the bushes.
Nicolas Lancret's painting of 1730, in reverse direction, is held in the Wallace Collection, London. This famous print was published the following year. The pendant is Mlle Sallé, also after Lancret, by N. de Larmessin.
Nicolas Lancret (1690 – 1743) was a French painter, famed for his brilliant depiction of light comedy and fêtes galantes, which reflected the tastes and manners of French society under the regent Orleans.
Laurent Cars (1699 - 1771) was a French designer and engraver, born at Lyons in 1699. In 1733 he was received as an Academician upon his portraits of Michel Anguier and Sébastien Bourdon. His notable works include a series of illustrations after Boucher's designs to the Comedies of Molière, as well as his engravings of the Fables of La Fontaine after Jean-Baptiste Oudry.
Condition: Trimmed to platemark. Laid to board. Title line is affected. Artists and engravers name are missing.