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  • Museum number

    1870,0514.2420

  • Description

    A fête champêtre, after Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre; couple to right dancing to pipe, lute and tambourine, watched by party of young men and women in park-like setting, with monumental fountain to left inscribed in reverse "Pierre INV." and villa in distance to right Red chalk (?), over graphite, on light grey-brown prepared paper, closely squared and indented for transfer, with pen and brown ink and brown wash border

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1735-1747
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 353 millimetres
    • Width: 418 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed in pen and brown ink in an 18thC hand: "Pierre invt." and "Andw. Lawrence delint." On a separate slip of paper formely on the mount and now attached to the verso: "It is to be regretted that only one drawing of Mr Lawrence was found among his effects, and that of an outline, from a painting of Mons Pierre, prepared for engraving. Luckily by this being preserved, it is a sufficient proof of his fidelity, precision and delicacy in them. This had probably escaped his notice, by being mislayed, or certainly it would have shared the same fate of his other drawings, which he carefully destroyed, arising from his extreme diffidence of his own abilities, he being ever dissatisfied with his performances; a sure mark of true genius, as well knowing, by his enlarged ideas of the arts, how far human nature was from perfection."
  • Curator's comments

    For the painting of the late 1730s, see Nicolas Lesur & Olivier Aaron, 'Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre', Paris 2010, cat.P.5.
    Originally in an album of Lawrence's works, for which see 1870,0514.2357.

  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1 bibliographic details
    • Croft-Murray (unpublished) 1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British Roy PIIIa

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1870

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1870,0514.2420

A fête champêtre, after Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre; couple to r dancing to pipe, lute and tambourine, watched by party of young men and women in park-like setting, with monumental fountain to l inscribed in reverse "Pierre INV." and villa in distance to r
Red chalk (?), over graphite, on light grey-brown prepared paper, closely squared and indented for transfer, with pen and brown ink and brown wash border

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A fête champêtre, after Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre; couple to r dancing to pipe, lute and tambourine, watched by party of young men and women in park-like setting, with monumental fountain to l inscribed in reverse "Pierre INV." and villa in distance to r Red chalk (?), over graphite, on light grey-brown prepared paper, closely squared and indented for transfer, with pen and brown ink and brown wash border

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