La belle Laurette
Fine engraving, platemark 230 x 295mm (9 x 11½"). Very large margins.
'The Plea', from 'Laurette' by Jean François Marmontel (1723-99). Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg executed a drawing (now in the National Gallery of Ireland) which was engraved by Byrne, Bartolozzi and Middiman in 1776 as 'Lauretta'. This print was presumably a copy of the British print, with some additional landscape filled in to fit the rectangular plate (the British print is an oval composition). This print is also reversed from the British print, which would also suggest that it was copied directly and then reversed when printed from the plate onto the paper.
[Ref: 38326] £190.00