[Man drinking, with woman behind holding a fish]De Tous Maux Il Faut Boire Du Vin, / Les Soins Et Chasse Le Chagrin: / Qu N'Adhere a Bacchus ou Qui Luy Fait La Guerre, / San Joie Et Sans Plaisir Doit Vivre Sur La Terre
Engraving, sheet 320 x 230mm (12½ x 9"). Trimmed, losing some text. Creasing.
Engraving after a painting by Willem van Mieris (1662-1747), painter and draughtsman from Leiden who, like Leiden 'Fine' painters before him, specialised in genre scenes depicting young women, musicians and drinkers. His father Frans was also an important artist. Text in French below praising the virtues of wine and warning that 'making war with Bacchus' leaves man 'to live on earth without joy or pleasure'.
[Ref: 39194] £160.00