Je suis peu severe, mais sage, / Philosophe, mais Amoureux / Mon Art est de me rendre heureux / J'y reusis en faut il davantage [...]
Etching, sheet 140 x 80mm (5½ x 3"). Trimmed and glued to backing sheet.
Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Évremond (c.1610/6-1703), French soldier and writer. As soldier as a young man, Charles moved to England at the invitation of Charles II and retired from the military to dedicate himself to writing and became the most celebrated Frenchman then living in England. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. The allegorical figures in this print refer to his abandonment of the military to dedicate himself to the arts.
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