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Nicolas Lancret, Fête Champêtre

Lancret, Nicolas (1690 Paris 1743). La Fête Champêtre. The party in the open with the dancing pair. Below trees before grain-filed and property set back in the hills. In front right a gentleman teaching a dog giving paw. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812 – Leipsic 1902). C. 1845. Inscribed: N. Lancret pinxt. / A. H. Payne sc., otherwise as above. 6 × 6¾ in (15.2 × 17.1 cm).

Lancret’s – “one of the most famous beside of Watteau” (Nagler) – very charming sujet, probably after one of the Berlin war losses Dancing Couple in the Open or The Party in the Open (Bernhard, Verlorene Werke der Malerei, pp. 69 f.).

Friendly with Watteau since the days of joint education in Gillot’s study the connection broke up when Lancret exhibited two paintings in the manner of the friend of which one believed this himself had painted them and congratulated him accordingly.

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