François Boucher, Coal Seller

Boucher, François (1703 Paris 1770). Charbon, Charbon. Young coal seller with their heavy sacks over shoulder and back, unloading a barge. Etching by Simon François Ravenet I (Paris 1706 or 1721 – London 1774). C. 1737. Inscribed: A / 5 / Boucher inv. / Ravenet Sculp. / AParis, chez Huquier. Avec privilége du Roi , otherwise as above. 11⅛ × 7⅝ in (28.3 × 19.3 cm).

Beal F 14, A-5; Lipperheide Fd 3; Nagler, Ravenet (“one of the most excellent artists of his time”), 56. – LES CRIS DE PARIS V. – Watermark.

Charming  sheet  after Boucher, qualified by Fürstenberg as “Brilliant as painter, as draughtsman, and as etcher”, and continuing

“ His drawings and his etchings have a somewhat harsher beauty than his paintings and bring him humanly perhaps next to us. ”

The first set of his “Types de la rue et des cris de Paris” as relevant here published by him as “a type of topical genre presentations on which he gladly fell back also later still frequently” (Goffroy in Thieme-Becker).

Offer no. 4,333 / EUR  220. (c. US$ 252.) + shipping

“ At this time we are on our boat … I hope you extend the same faith in me as I have in you in paying for this sizable sum in advance (sight unseen) in the expectation of delivery … Best regards ”

(Mr. P. C., July 22, 2002)