[France] J. De La Fontaine.Peint par son ami Rigaud. Dedie a Monsieu Ginguene, Membre de l'Institut de France des Academies de Turin, de Florence, &c.
A Paris, chez l'Auteur, Rue des Fosses St. Jacques, No.3 [n.d., c.1820]. Depose a la Direction Royale de l'Imprimerie.
Coloured soft ground etching, 400 x 320mm. 15¾ x 12½". Tear from right along platemark.
Jean de la Fontaine (1621 – 1695) was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. According to Flaubert, he was the only French poet to understand and master the texture of the French language before Hugo. Pierre Charles Coqueret (1761 - 1832 c.). Engraver: aquatint and crayon-manner; active in Paris. Trained by Janinet (q.v.). Works exhibited at the Salon, 1789-1810.
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