Antique Master Print – MASKED BALL-BAL MASQUE-LOUIS XIV (Jean-Michel Moreau, 1782)



Depicting of a large masked ball held in Paris in 1782 to the honour of King Louis XVI and the Queen with birth of their son the Dauphin.

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‘Le Bal Masqué’

Bottom left “Inventé par P.L. Moreau, de L’ordre du Roi, Architecte de sa Majesté/Mtre. Général des Bâtiments de la Ville en 1782”. On the right “Dessiné d’après nature et gravé par J.M. Moreau le je. dessinr. et gravr; du Cab du Roi de Son / Acad Nle. de Peint et Sculp et de celle des Scien. et Arts de Rouen, Cer. auli. de Sa Mté. le Roi de Prusse & c.”

Interesting account of court life on the eve of Bastille Day, the engraving depicts a scene of the masked ball in the salons of the Hotel de Ville in Paris, given on the occasion of the birth of the Dauphin. Later the Royal family was eliminated by the French Revolution.

By Jean-Michel Moreau (1741-1814) after his own drawing from nature. Moreau was engraver and illustrator of the Cabinet of the King, he was a pupil of Louis Joseph Le Lorraine, with whom he went to St. Petersburg in 1758 to help especially in theatrical decorations. He studied printmaking at the atelier of Le Bas.

Published by  Paris.

Medium: Etching & engraving on hand laid paper. Later 19th c. ed. exist on wove paper. This is an 18th. c. ed.!


Size: Image: 46 x 37 cm.


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