- Museum number
- Object: J.E.Liotard
Self-portrait; half-length, seated on a chair, with his left hand raised to his chin; proof before all letters. c.1778-80
Roulette and engraving over mezzotint
- Production date
Height: 480 millimetres
Width: 400 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This print is derived, in reverse, from a pastel on parchment the artist had exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1773 (illustrated in Loche and Roethlisberger 1978 cat no 281, pl 52) and a charcoal drawing on blue paper that is heightened with white and black chalks (illustrated in De Herat 1981, 29:21, fig 11), both of which are in the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva. For more information and an illustration of the second state, see: 'Regency to Empire; French Printmaking 1715-1814', The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1984, cat. 84 .
In the lettered state the name of the artist is added as title, and is followed by "Effet. Clair obscur sans sacrifice" and "No.1" at the left.
A smaller reduced version of this print was used by the author to illustrate his treatise on painting, 'Du Clair-Obscur' of 1781, where it was the first plate; this is illustrated in Humbert and Revilliod: 'La Vie et les Oeuvres de Jean Etienne Liotard', Amsterdam, 1897, p. 59.
Another proof of this print is in the Rijksmuseum, see: Duncan Bull: 'Jean-Etienne Liotard', Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 2002 and 'Print Quarterly', September 2004, pp.298-9.
This impression was published on acquisition by Campbell Dodgson in BMQ VI 1931-2, pp.3-4.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010/11 Dec-February, BM, Room 90, Artists' Portraits
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