Avec Privil. du Roi. [1714-5]
Etching, platemark 355 x 250mm (14 x 9¾").
Plate from the 'Recueil de cent estampes representant differentes nations du Levant' (1714-5). Commissioned by Marquis Charles de Ferriol, ambassador from the court of Versailles to the Sublime Porte (the central government of the Ottoman Empire) from 1699 to 1710, the work had a profound impact on aesthetic notions of Turkey in eighteenth-century Europe. Ferriol brought with him to Istanbul the eighteen-year-old Flemish painter Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, from whom he commissioned at least a hundred paintings of Turkish life (some of which are now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), which served as the basis for the engravings in the collection. The volume also included transcriptions of the music which accompanied the whirling dervishes. Engraved by French printmaker and publisher Gérard Scotin I (1643 - 1715), one of a family of engravers.
See Hunt, Jacob et al 'Bernard Picart and the First Global Vision of Religion, pp.142-6.
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