[A Woman Reading]Soit d'un epoux soit d'un amant / Cest une lettre assurement / Quicy la belle on vous voit lire [...]
Engraving, platemark 300 x 220mm (11¾ x 8½") very large margins.
A woman viewed through a window, her back to the viewer, reading a letter whose contents and author are not disclosed by the text below. Engraving after 'A Woman Reading' (1723) by Jean-François de Troy, a painting which the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin recently acquired, thereby reuniting it with its pennant 'Young Woman Drinking Coffee'. Both works were acquired soon after they were painted by the collector and patron of Watteau Jean de Jullienne (1686 - 1766). De Troy (1679-1752) was a leading painter of the Parisian élite, and while primarily a history painter he worked in most genres. De Troy made decorative paintings for the châteaux of Versailles and Fontainebleau, and designed a series of tapestries for the Gobelins factory.
[Ref: 40282] £180.00