Watteau, Antoine (Valenciennes 1684 – Nogent-sur-Marne 1721). Fête Champêtre. Company enjoying themselves amorously and gallantly in a park above a pond with a statue of Venus on the right with cupid contending for the quiver with arrows. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812 – Leipsic 1902). C. 1840. Inscribed: Watteau pinxt. / A. H. Payne sc., otherwise as above. 6⅛ × 6⅝ in (15.7 × 16.7 cm).
Reproduction in the same direction of the “admirable love party in Dresden” – Watteau Catalog Washington etc. 1984/85, p. 407, ills. 3 – , thematically belonging to the Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera and the Embarkation to Cythera resp. in Paris and Berlin resp. (nos. 61 f. of the catalogue with ills.) in which the statue follows the latter, but without the second putto in the back of the goddess and the faun head and the Mars attributes at the pedestal.
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