[Three French Girls before a Castle Gate.]
[Publishd 4th March 1780, by Js. Bretherton New Bond Street.]
Etching printed in brown with added hand colour. Plate 330 x 305mm. 13 x 12". Uncut. Some spotting and time staining.
Standing in a line are three girls with books under their arms, the girl at left her hands under her apron, looking at the ground; the central figure with a half-open fan and a posy of flowers tucked unto her dress, and the third with flowers on her bonnet; at right a figure on horseback enters the gate, a guard beside. The print was sold in the Bretherton 1799 sale as 'The French Girls', suggesting that it was never given a title.
[Ref: 19822] £320.00