Oysters , treat yourself with Oysters
Bosse, Abraham (Tours 1604 – Paris 1676). The Oyster Vendor as Street Trade. Etching for Le Blond. C. 1640-50. Inscribed: ABosse jnuen et fc. / le Blond excud auec Priuilege. 8⅝ × 5⅝ in (21.9 × 14.4 cm).
Beall F 5; Lipperheide Fd 1; Allgemeines Künstler-Lex. XIII, 205. – LES CRIS DE PARIS. – French quatrain in the lower margin. – Especially in the wide white paper-margin slightly tidemarked, 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. ”
Their rarity also proven by Weigel’s sumptuous Art Stock Catalog (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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