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Dussek
Dussek
Dess au Physionotrace d'après le Buste de feu Callamard et grave par Quenedey.
Se vend chez Quenedey rue neuve des Petits Champs No.15 a Paris.
Etching and aquatint with small margins, platemark 250 x 195mm (9¾ x 7¾"). Slightly stained.
Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812), pianist and composer. Born in Cáslav (now part of the Czech Republic), Dussek travelled widely across Europe as a young man. In Paris, he performed before Marie Antoinette and made the acquaintance of Napoleon, before fleeing to England at the time of the French Revolution. He spent eleven years in London working as a piano teacher and giving concerts, appearing with Haydn when the latter visited London. He then lived in Prussia before accepting a position with the politician Talleyrand to spend his final years in France. By Edme Quénedey (1756 - 1830), miniature painter and engraver, who made much use of the physionotrace, a mechanised drawing instrument that could reproduce the outline profile of a portrait. It was invented by Gilles-Louis Chretien, who engraved Quenedey’s portraits from 1787 to 1789, in 1786. Chretien and Quenedey founded a very successful portrait studio in Paris together in 1788. Between 1786 – c.1810 there were only two studios in Paris which produced a relatively small number of physionotrace engravings. Consequently very few of these intriguing portraits are preserved today. Because of their origins and the realism physionotrace portraits have, they can be seen as true photo-graphic objects and are therefore classified as a forerunner of photography.
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