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Object: Les Précautions
Series: Monument du Costume Physique et Moral de la fin du Dix-huitième siècle
Plate 14: aristocratic couple walking down stairs towards a sedan chair, with man seen from behind holding out his hand to the lady. 1777
Etching and engraving
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Height: 410 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 320 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From a series of thirty-eight plates making up 'Le Monument du Costume...', a set on French costume at the end of the 18th century, published in 1789.
The first twelve plates, engraved after Freudenberg, had previously been published under the title 'Suite d'Estampes pour servir à l'histoire des Modes et du Costume en France dans le dix-huitième siècle' (1774). Johann Friedrich Esbert, amateur engraver, is said to be at the origin of the project, and the prints bear his initials as the designer.
The following twenty-four plates, engraved after Moreau, had been published in two separate sets of twelve prints each: 'Seconde suite d'Estampes...' (1777) and 'Troisième suite d'Estampes...' (1783) .
When the three sets were published as a whole in 1789, two more plates were added: 'Les Moeurs du temps' and 'L'Heureuse union', both after Freudenberg.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- According to the register, the complete set of the 'Monument de Costume' including a number of proof states (Lawrence Dighton nos.207 to 242) came via Agnew's from the Comte de Greffuhle, with the exception of 1925,0114.12.
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