[Leopard Hunt.] [Chasse au Tigre.]
A Paris chez Jean rue St. Jean de Beauvais No. 32 [c.1773].]
Engraving, proof before all letters. 505 x 370mm (19¾ x 14½"), with large margins. Red ink collector's stamp of 'Henry R. Ba[***] Plymouth', not in Lugt.
Men in oriental costume, some on horseback attempt to kill a group of leopards (not the tigers of the title]. This engraving, after a painting by François Boucher, was originally issued as a pair with a 'Bear Hunt' after Van Loo. The original paintings were part of a set of nine then at the Surintendance in Versailles, and it appears that the engraver Flipart having obtained permission to reproduce them, originally intended to publish a larger series (see notes to British Museum cataloguing for this print).
For a lettered impression see ref 38466.
[Ref: 39720] £380.00