Se vend chez Quenedey rue neuve des Petits Champs No.15 a Paris. Dep. a la Bib Imp.
Etching and aquatint with small margins, platemark 250 x 195mm (9¾ x 7¾"). On watermarked laid paper; creases.
Portrait of French composer Nicolas-Marie d'Alayrac, known as Nicolas Dalayrac (1753 - 1809), best known for his opéras-comiques; bust-length, turned to right, with short grey hair, earring, and decoration pinned to jacket. By Edme Quénedey (1756 - 1830), miniature painter and engraver, who made much use of the physionotrace, a mechanised drawing instrument that could reproduce the outline profile of a portrait. It was invented by Gilles-Louis Chretien, who engraved Quenedey’s portraits from 1787 to 1789, in 1786. Chretien and Quenedey founded a very successful portrait studio in Paris together in 1788. Between 1786 – c.1810 there were only two studios in Paris which produced a relatively small number of physionotrace engravings. Consequently very few of these intriguing portraits are preserved today. Because of their origins and the realism physionotrace portraits have, they can be seen as true photo-graphic objects and are therefore classified as a forerunner of photography.
See BNF FRBNF39603944.
[Ref: 35219] £340.00