L’Air grave que je fais paroitre / Belles ne doit point allarmer, / Il caractérise le maitre / Et ne le fait pas moins aimer.
This scene shows young girls studying under the direction of amor dressed as a seated teacher.
Size: Image+text: 15.1 x 22 cm; Sheet: 22 x 28 cm.
Etching / engraving of hand laid paper.
Condition: diagonal old folding lines; some soiling.
By Anne-Claude-Philippe Caylus after Charles-Antoine Coypel based on a pastel that was in the collection of le Comte de Morville. A larger engraving made in 1730 is also based on this scene made by Francois-Bernard Lecipie (1698-1755)
Charles-Antoine Coypel (1684-1752) was a French painter of historical, mythological, genre scenes and portraits. He made water-colours and pastels, designs, illustrations and also was and engraver.
Anne Claude de Tubieres-Grimoard de Pestels de Levis, comte de Caylus, marquis d’Esternay, baron de Bransac (1692-1765) was a French antiquarian, collector, proto-archaeologist, engraver and man of letters.