The Public Promenade

Artist: Louis Philibert Debucourt (French, Paris 1755–1832 Paris)

Date: 1792

Medium: Etching, engraving, and aquatint printed in color

Dimensions: 14 3/8 x 23 1/4 in. (36.5 x 59.1 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1961

Accession Number: 61.531


An accomplished printmaker and social satirist, Debucourt matched wits with British caricaturists as revolutions roiled at home and abroad. While Paris prepared for a bloodbath, Debucourt pictured the swells admiring each other in the Palais Royale gardens. Rowlandson's color aquatint of the satisfied crowd in London's lush Vauxhall Gardens provided inspiration.