Dec 9, 2009

Fanciful Costumes: Costume of the Fireworks Maker

Fanciful Costumes: Costume of the Fireworks Maker

c. 1690

Nicolas de Larmessin II

(French, 1638–1694)

Etching and engraving

Support: Laid paper

Sheet: 31.6 x 21.5 cm (12 7/16 x 8 7/16 in.); Platemark: 28.3 x 19.5 cm (11 1/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2001.14

Catalogue raisonné: Inventaire du Fonds Français vol. VI, p. 551, no. 14

State: only state



These two prints are from a series of about 70 fanciful portrayals of various trades and skills. The astrologer is decorated with the twelve astrological signs arranged in order, while the helmet of the fireworks maker appears to spray its own tuft of pyrotechnics into the sky. The astrologer also stands before a building labeled as an observatory, a telescope on its roof, and the costume of the fireworks maker resembles protective armor.

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PR - Etching
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