Follies of the Day.(A Scene in Paris _ Plate 3.d.)
Published 4th, April 1798, by Laurie & Whittle, No. 53 Fleet Street, London.
Mezzotint. Very scarce. Sheet size: 345 x 240mm (13½ x 9½"). Trimmed to image. Light creases. Small tear in upper left corner and lower left edge.
An interior view showing a dandified couple, an 'Incroyable' and 'Merveilleuse', dancing. They are accompanied by a man playing a violin who sits on a low stool in the right foreground, with a bottle and glass by his foot and another empty bottle beneath the stool. An open window with a vista to a classical temple can be seen in the background to the right. The Incroyables ('incredibles') and their female counterparts, the Merveilleuses ('marvelous women', roughly equivalent to 'fabulous divas'), were members of a fashionable aristocratic subculture in Paris during the later stages of the French Revolution. Taken from a stipple by Tresca after Boilly published in 1797, titled 'La Folie du Jour'.
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