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Object: Promenade à la campagne
Series: Les Grisettes
Series: Moeurs Parisiennes
Two men and two 'grisettes', finely attired, take a stroll in the countryside; beyond are two houses, trees, a gate, a man on horseback and another standing by a horse; plate from a set of six, published c. 1828-1829.
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Height: 131 millimetres (image)
Width: 179 millimetres (image)
- Curator's comments
- This lithograph is part of a set of six un-numbered plates, and the order in which are listed in the catalogues (and bound in this British Museum volume) varies. The set is dated circa 1828 by Béraldi and 1829 by Marie and Champfleury. According to Marie, there are uncoloured as well as coloured sets. Monnier also produced two other sets of lithographs entitled ‘Les Grisettes [...]’, with twelve and forty-two plates.
This plate (Promenade à la campagne) is problematic because the title lettered above the image is 'Moeurs Parisiennes.' (with 'Les Grisettes.' beneath the image) whereas the other five plates carry 'Les Grisettes.' (or 'Grisettes') above the image. Champfleury (p. 339) lists a signed version of this lithograph as a single sheet print, and says that without the series title, it would belong to the Grisettes volume of 1829 (which he also lists but without providing individual plate titles).
The term 'grisette' was applied to a particular category of Parisian working woman, such as a seamstress, shop assistant or milliner's assistant, and derives from the grey dress worn by working-class women in the eighteenth century. See Beatrice Farwell, 'The Charged Image, French Lithographic Caricature 1816-1848', Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1989, pp. 110-111.
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