A Paris chez Jacq. Chereau rue St. Jacques au grand St. Remi. [n.d., c.1740.]
Etching on laid paper, sheet 165 x 260mm. 6½ x 10¼". Trimmed within plate.
An allegory of astronomy in an oval design (possibly a fragment or from a book?). A female figure in robes, left breast exposed, leaning back on to a pile of books looking through a telescope, surrounded by four putti, one of whom pulls back a curtain to reveal the French royal observatory at Versailles in the background. Another putti points to 'Picart Petit' inscribed on a scroll in the woman's left hand.
From the Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 18221] £180.00