[Paul and Virginie obtaining the pardon of a runaway slave] Virginie Demandant le Grace d'une Esclave.
A Paris chez Jazet, rue de Lancry, No.7, et chez Aumont, Md. d'Estampes, rue J.J. Rousseau, No.10. [n.d., c.1820.]
Aquatint with small margins, 420 x 480mm. 16˝ x 19". Closed tear to upper margin; generally good.
The master, raising a club, forgives the prostrated black woman as a result of the intercession of two European children. A reissue of a 1790s plate, with the engraver's name erased. Plate 2 from the 'Paul et Virginie' fine set of aquatints after Jean Frédéric Schall (1752 - 1825), telling the tragic story of Paul and Virginie. A novel by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre about two children who grow up as brother and sister in the French colony of Mauritius, the story was possibly inspired by the wreck of the Saint Géran in 1744.
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