Chalk-manner etching and engraving
Sheet: 27 x 35.4 cm (10 5/8 x 13 15/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1987.200
Catalogue raisonné: Inventaire du Fonds Français XVIII.VI.481.547 ; De Leymarie 547
Scenes representing times of day or the seasons were frequently used to thematically decorate rooms, and were suitable subjects for suites of prints. This example depicting a young shepherdess avoiding the noonday sun is from a set that also features Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. Each scene portrays the bucolic life of a shepherd or shepherdess in a rural landscape. Demarteau colored the prints to appear like drawings made with black and red chalk with wash, similar to Boucher’s The Departure of Jacob nearby.
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