Mezzotint with very large margins, proof before letters, rare. 255 x 195mm (10 x 7¾"). SIGNED BY THE ENGRAVER ON REVERSE.
Head and shoulders of a young girl throwing up her hands in pity, set in an oval against a blank frame. The artist Jean Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805), who specialised in domestic genre scenes, signed prints after his designs to prevent undeclared impressions being run off without his knowledge; here, however, only the signature of the engraver, Jean Massard (1740-1822) is visible, albeit faintly.
See BM 2004,0430.9 for published state, 'the only example known of a mezzotint after Greuze made in France'. Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36312] £250.00