Sous un habit de Mezetin /Ce gros brun au riant Visage / Sur la guitarre avec sa main / Fait un aimable badinage [...]
A Paris chez Sirois sur le Quay Neuf aux Armes de France [n.d., c.1725]
Engraving, platemark 315 x 205mm (12½ x 8"). Very large margins. On laid paper with 'Michallet' watermark.
Engraving of Watteau's painting of the same name (c.1717-9, Wallace Collection). According to the dealer and connoisseur Jean-Pierre Mariette, the scene portrays the family of Pierre Sirois (1665-1726), another dealer and the publisher of this print. Sirois is dressed as the commedia dell'arte character Mezzetin, while a sculpture of the god Pan peers out from above them. The Wallace Collection suggest the painting may have been made as a commission or a gift for Sirois.
[Ref: 37932] £130.00