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Object: Don Quichotte conduit par la Folie et embrasé de l'amour extravagant de Dulcinée...
Series: Histoire de Don Quichotte de la Manche
Series: Les principales aventures de l'admirable Don Quichotte
Don Quijote, guided by Foly, leaves his home dressed in full armour, and riding a horse; at left, a stout woman carrying a large, flat basket; beyond at left, a windmill, with arms and head at the top. c.1723/24
Etching and engraving
- Production date
- 1723-1724 (circa)
Height: 309 millimetres
Width: 301 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From a set of 25 plates executed by various engravers, after the compositions designed by Coypel for a set of tapestries relating the story of Don Quixote.
See Marcel Roux, in the inventory of C. N. Cochin I's work ('Inventaire du Fond Français, XVIIIe siècle', vol. 4): the set was engraved over a period of years, and eventually included 25 plates; six plates engraved after Boucher, Cochin fils, Lebas and Tremolière were added at a later date (c.1746). The series of tapestries was commissioned in 1720 and a contract for the engraving was signed in 1721. Louis Surugue finished the first plate in 1723; plate 22 was published in 1728; the last plate was issued in 1736. The series was a success and was copied several times.
Documents published by Mireille Rambaud ('Documents du Minutier Central concernant l'histoire de l'art', I 1964, pp.610-2) show that the project was a speculation between a group of friends: shares belonged to Coypel (50%), Philippe Le Reboulet (25%) and Claude Martinot (25%), the royal clocksmith, and the 25 plates and 6,612 impressions are listed in the last-named's estate in 1744, valued at a huge 2,500 livres. All costs and profits were shared, Coypel supplying the designs, and his associates the costs at the rate of 50 livres per month. Surugue was the director of the project, and his account at the end of 1744 showed total sales of 40,250 livres.
The copper plates later appear in Coypel's posthumous sale (1753) and were bought by Chéreau. The catalogue of the sale mentions a twenty-sixth plate, engraved by Le Bas, which was at the time unfinished.
The Department of Prints and Drawings also keeps a bound set published in 1756 by Veuve Chéreau: 1900,1231.5539-5564; it includes a title-page, with the title given as 'Histoire de Don Quichotte de la Manche'; in IFF, the set is referred to as 'Les principales aventures de l'admirable Don Quichotte'.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Don Quijote de la Mancha
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