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Portrait of Laurent Cars, bust-length, in profile from the left, wearing curled wig, brushed back from his forehead, a white cravat with a lace jabot; in circular frame suspended from ribbon tied in a knot, on a background that resembles marble; after Charles Nicolas Cochin. 1768
Etching with some engraving
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Height: 175 millimetres (cut)
Width: 119 millimetres
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- From a bound volume containing a series of 33 illustrations engraved by Laurent Cars after Boucher (with etched state executed by Chedel on twelve of these plates, although his name never appears on the prints), for an edition of Molière's works published in Paris, Imprimerie P. Prault, 1734, 6 volumes in-4.
These illustrations are preceded by a portrait of Laurent Cars after Saint-Aubin, which was not created for the book but has been cut and pasted into the album (for more detail on this portrait, see 'Catalogue de l'Oeuvre de A. de Saint-Aubin', No. 35, p. 15); and by a portrait of Molière engraved by Lépicié after Coypel.
On the inside cover of the book is Ashbee's ex-libris, composed as a rebus depicting a landscape, with an ash tree and large bee above a pendant containing a portrait of the bust of Henry Spencer Ashbee; below the pendant, the owner's name is inscribed ('H. S. Ashbee'); below his name, an assembly of an open book, a bee and foliage.
For more detail on the original 1734 illustrated book from which these plates are extracted, see 'Guide de l'amateur de livres a gravures du XVIIIe siècle' by Henri Cohen under 'Molière' (Paris, 1912), cols. 712-13).
Cars' portrait was advertised in 'Mercure de France', 1768. The complete impression normally bears the following inscription: 'Dessiné par C. N. Cochin 1750 - Gravé par Aug. de St Aubin 1768 / se Vend à Paris chez l'auteur rue des Mathurins au petit Hotel de Clugny'
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