“ … a Group of the Population
legitimated to set up its Rights ”
Bosse, Abraham (Tours 1602 – Paris 1676). The Beggar as – today’s – Street Trade. With beggar stick, coin-bowl + dog before set back house scenery with kerk + market stand. Etching for Le Blond. C. 1640-50. Inscribed: ABosse jn et fc. / le Blond excud auec Priuilege du Roy. 8⅝ × 6½ in (22 × 14.6 cm).
Beall F 5; Lipperheide Fd 1; Allgemeines Künstler-Lex. XIII, 205. – LES CRIS DE PARIS. – French quatrain in the lower margin. – Isolated small water spots mostly situated within the image as little disturbing as a quite faint tidemark reaching into the picture margin upper left and a box pleat originating from printing. – In the corners traces of previous mounting. – Watermark Bunch of Grapes. – Otherwise
early impression qualified
by fine plate tone + not yet erased text lines .
“ Very much wanted are (Bosse’s) numerous engravings for the true representation of the traditions, customs and fitments of domestic life, and the costumes of the different classes of France in the age of Louis XIII ”
(Erich von Rath). And José-Michel Lothe in AKL:
“ Fashion and costume engravings in which B. depicted everyday life scenes, mostly from the Parisian life, masterly up to the tiniest detail, were highly instrumental in his success; the most effective of these are … Les cris de Paris … With his work B. wanted to create a true portrait of reality, as he expressed himself analogously in the publication ‘Sentiments sur la distinction des div. manières …’. He wanted to depict the reality not as object of religious or mythological inspiration, but show its greatness and the beauty for its own sake; by this the protestant B. confessed to creation. ”
And especially to the sujet here Sue Welsh Reed in the Montreal/Cologne Richelieu catalog, 2002, p. 364:
“ In the 17th century the numbers of beggars grew bigger as a result of war and hunger needs. The needy men living in a town or a village were considered as a group of population legitimated to set up its rights towards the wealthy members of the community.
Tramps and vagabonds , however ,
capable to communicate the plague or to spread heretical thoughts
were suspected by the masses .
These ominous squalid figures were not characterized as beggars (mendiant), but as riff-raff (gueux).
The rarity of the sheets of that set also proven by Weigel’s sumptuous Art Catalogue (vols. 1-4, 1838-1850), missing the sheets of the set here.
On Le Blond see in Nagler under Johann le Blond: … supposedly the son of one J. Blond who engraved in Paris in the early 17th century and run an art trade. With this son Jean Beall also mixes up our older le Blond. See their made date references not harmonizing with each other.
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