François Boucher, Knife-grinder

Boucher, François (1703 Paris 1770). Gaigne petit. The young knife-grinder working in front of a property. Etching by Simon François Ravenet I (Paris 1706 or 1721 – London 1774). C. 1737. Inscribed: A / 1 / Boucher inv. / Ravenet Sculp. / AParis, chez Huquier, vis-à-vis le Grand Châtelet. Avec privilége du Roi, otherwise as above. 11⅛ × 7⅝ in (28.3 × 19.3 cm).

Beal F 14, A-1; Lipperheide Fd 3 + ills. 60 (this sujet); Nagler, Ravenet (“one of the most excellent artists of his time”), 56. – LES CRIS DE PARIS I. – Watermark. – Taken out fold across the subject and not quite fresh.

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).

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„ vielen Dank für Ihre Sendung (Würbs, Halle/Saale, von Presslers Garten aus gesehen). Damit war Weihnachten ein voller Erfolg … “

(Frau M. R., 25. Dezember 2011)