Le Petit Jeu de Societe - No=1.
Very rare Lithograph, sheet 290 x 395mm. 11˝ x 15˝". Tatty extremities, with chips and tears.
A family game in a French interior; two military officers are involved. Playing cards and game counters on the table in front, a poodle sitting at the feet of its master. From a series by Godefroy Engelmann (1788 - 1839), lithographic printer, famed 'Körner' (grinder) for crayon-lithographs, and patentee of chromolithography. He set up a press in Paris in June 1816. He improved lithography, particularly by developing lithographic wash in 1819. Engelmann seems to have placed two images from his own series of prints of scenes from the Napoleonic Wars on the wall behind the group.
[Ref: 12259] £180.00