Claude Henri Watelet (French, Paris 1718–1786 Paris)
After Étienne de Lavallée-Poussin (French, Rouen 1733–1793 Paris)
Sheet: 9 13/16 x 7 1/2 in. (24.9 x 19 cm)
Plate: 7 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (18.8 x 13.7 cm)
A. Hyatt Mayor Purchase Fund, Marjorie Phelps Starr Bequest, 2012
Not on view
This rare proof state of Watelet's etching is based on a drawing by art student Étine Lavallée-Poussin (2013.181). It depicts Watelet's mistress and traveling companion Marguerite Le Comte seated at a table on their visit to Rome in 1764. In etching the plate, Watelet made certain additions to Lavallée-Poussin's composition, adding details such as the etching tools and the print unfurled over the table edge that identify Le Comte as an amateur printmaker.
Inscription: at lower left, below framing line, "De lav Poussin del.," and at lower right, below framing line, "Watelet. Scu Roma 1764."
Perrin Stein Artists and Amateurs: Etching in 18th-Century France. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013, cat. no. 86, 145, 197, ill.