[Russian orthodox abbot]Abbé Commandataire au Choeur [Abbot commandataire at the choir].
Etching on watermarked laid paper, 230 x 145mm, 9 x 5¾". Full margins, stitching holes to upper part. Uncut.
Rosary beads in right hand and staff in the other, with long, hooded cape worn over tunic, and tall hat. By Jean Baptiste Le Prince (1734 - 1781), from a late 18th century collection of his sets of (mainly Russian) costume and character. This from the 'Divers Habillements des Prêtres de Russie' series (10 plates including title). Le Prince was a painter and etcher, inventor of aquatint; 1757-62 in Russia. A collected edition of his plates was published in 1782 by Basan.
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