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Head of a Woman (Mme. Deshayes?)

Head of a Woman (Mme. Deshayes?)

c. 1771

Louis-Marin Bonnet

(French, 1736-1793)

after François Boucher

(French, 1703-1770)

Color chalk-manner etching and engraving

Image: 41.5 x 35.7 cm (16 5/16 x 14 1/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1996.6

Catalogue raisonné: Hérold 59

State: II/II

Description

To produce this print, Bonnet used three different printing plates to layer black ink, then semitransparent blue ink, and finally a thicker red pigment onto white paper. After the first run through the press, Bonnet had to carefully align each subsequent plate to achieve the desired coloration. Although the identity of this young woman is unknown, she may be Boucher’s daughter, Jean-Elisabeth Victoire, who married Jean-Baptiste Henri Deshays, a pupil of Boucher.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Chalk Manner
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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