Original antique print, titled: ‘Le Present’. (The present.) It shows: a lady standing next to a table, reading a letter while absent-mindedly petting her dog. In front of her are a gift: a hare and two partridges. Her mother is watching over her shoulder, while a patient delivery boy is standing in the doorway, awaiting a reply. Rare.
Made by Gerard Vidal after Marguerite Gerard.
Medium: stipple and line engraving on wove paper.
Sheet size: 43.5 x 58 cm (17.13 x 22.83 inch). Image size: 43 x 57.5 cm. (16.93 x 22.64 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Closed tears in the bottom and right margin. One of the tears into the image. Bottom margin creased and with foxing, margins cropped close to the platemark. Sheet in general a bit wobbly and creased. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
LADY-PRESENT-HARE-PARTRIDGE-MESSENGER | DP-B1-47
Master print published by Galle, Paris, c. 1799 (estimate). Our definition of master print is: a seperately published print or series of prints, not being an illustrative print to a text. These can both be prints made by old masters (artists) or prints made by others (artists, engravers, etchers) after old masters. Artists and Engravers: Engraved by G. Vidal after M. Gerard.
Biography engraver: Gerard Vidal (1742-1801) was a French publisher/printerPUNTKOMMA printmaker.
Biography artist: Marguerite Gerard (1761-1837) was a French painter and etcher. She was the daughter of Marie Gilette and perfumer Claude Gerard. She was the sister-in-law of Jean-Honore Fragonard, and when she was 14 she came to live with him. She became Fragonard’s pupil in the mid 1770’s and studied painting, printmaking and drawing with him.