[Frontispiece to Gerard de Lairesse's 'Les Principes du Dessein', with vignette cut out and replaced by portrait of Lairesse]
A Amsterdam et a Leipzig, Chez Arkstée et Merkus. MDCCXLVI [frontispiece]
letterpress sheet with vignette cut out and engraved portrait glued into space, total sheet 395 x 245mm (15½ x 9½"). Time stained.
Frontispiece to a posthumous edition of Gérard de Lairesse's (1640-1711) 'Principles of design', a collection of Lairesse's lectures first published in 1701. Lairesse, a Dutch painter and theorist of classical bent, was held in the highest regard during his lifetime. The frontispiece originally featured an image of an aspiring artist studying an artwork, guided by a Muse, but this has been replaced by a Dutch engraving of a self-portrait by Lairesse.
For a mezzotint version of the same Lairesse self-portrait see ref. 24068
[Ref: 40088] £120.00