Tambour des Strelits [Drummer from the Streltsy militia].
Etching on watermarked laid paper, 225 x 145mm, 9 x 5¾". Full margins, stitching holes to upper part. Uncut.
A young Russian soldier walking to right, beating a drum. 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 'Les Strelits' series (8 plates including title). Streltsy (strelsi; Russian: “musketeers”) was an elite Russian military corps. Established in the mid-16th century, they provided the tsar's bodyguard. 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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