Le Manege. Dedie a Messire Marc-Rene de Voyer Marquis d'Argenson, Marechal de Camp des Arnees du Roy, Lieutenant General de la Province d'Alsace, Gouverneur de Romorantin.Tire de son Cabinet; et Grave de la meme grandeur que l'Original Parson tres-humble et tre Obeissant Serviteur T. Major.
A Londres chez l'Auteur Graveur de S.A.R. Frederic Prince de Galles, a la Tete d'or dans West-Street [n.d., c.1750.]
Engraving, very rare, 360 x 450mm. 14¼ x 17¾". Centrefold as normal. Large margins.
A Riding School in a country estate, after Philip Wouvermans the 17th Century Dutch painter. Thomas Major studied in Paris under Jacques-Philippe Le Bas (1707-83), tutor to many of the century's best engravers. Examples of Wouwerman's work could be found in the leading 18th century collections of Dutch and Flemish masters in both France and England. The subject of a riding school was one he tackled many times in his career. The painting was in the collection of Marc-Rene de Voyer, 3rd Marquis d'Argenson (1722-87) who had become a friend after his father, the 2nd Marquis, had helped to secure Major's release from the Bastille where he had been incarcerated shortly after his arrival in Paris. On Major's return to England he developed a reputation as one of the best engravers of his day.
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