Fetes au Dieu Pan - Dies Panos Festi.
A Paris avec privilege du Roy [n.d., 1734].
Very fine etching, 410 x 490mm, 16 x 19¼". A fine impression, with good margins.
Feast in honour of Pan: people gathered on a terrace at the edge of a water in a wooded rocky landscape; on the left, a couple sitting and playing guitar near a grotto around which naked people are lying, pouring water out of bowls. In the middle, Harlequin and a man dressed in black reading a book while Pierrot plays flute (both characters in the Commedia dell'arte); on the right, satyrs, women and children sitting around a carafe of wine. The print was advertised by Veuve Chéreau and Surugue in 'Mercure', April 1734. After Antoine Watteau ( 1684 - 1721), from the 'Recueil Jullienne' series, Plate 228 to 'L'Oeuvre d'Antoine Watteau Peintre du Roy'. Jean de Jullienne (1686 - 1766) was a Parisian collector and patron of the arts who owned some 450 drawings by Watteau, and had them engraved.
[Ref: 25807] £450.00