Jean Baptiste Le Prince – L’Enfant Chéri
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Sanguine chalk on laid paper, laid down on wove paper and mounted. Engraved by Nicolas de Launay (1759-1793) and published 1784.
Height varies between 250mm RHS and 240mm.
Width varies between 216mm – 221mm.
This drawing was produced during the artist’s travels through the Russian Empire from 1757 to 1763, Le Prince amassed numerous studies of the communities and cultures he encountered. After returning to Paris, he drew on this material to produce an extensive number of paintings, drawings, and prints that purported to depict the various peoples and customs contained in the empire. The subject in the drawing was used in a composition for a painting which was reproduced in an engraving titled: L’Enfant Chéri [The Darling Child] engraved by Nicolas de Launay; published in 1784.