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- Object: Les adieux de la nourrice
An aristocratic woman riding a donkey, taking her son away from the wet nurse; the latter says farewell to the little boy, who clings to her; at right, the wet nurse's husband, hands clasped; at left, the lady's husband, waiting with his hands on his hips; scene set at the entance of a farm, nearby a large stone gate; coat of arms in lower margin. 1780
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Height: 437 millimetres
Width: 501 millimetres
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- Advertised in 'Mercure', February 1780; in 'Journal de Paris', 6 February 1780; in 'Annonces, Affiches et Avis divers', 9 February 1780, as part of a series after Aubry.
Engraved after a painting exhibited at the Salon in 1777 and immediately bought by the Marquess of Véri. Also see Colin Bailey: "Le Marquis de Véri collectionneur", in 'Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français' (1983), 70.
The Countess of Merle was the wife of Charles Louis Merle de Beauchamp, Count of Merle and Ambassador to Portugal; his sale was held at Christie's, 30 Apr. 1785.
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