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M. Jean Law / Recueil de portraits

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Bb,15.436

  • Title (object)

    • M. Jean Law

    Title (series)

    • Recueil de portraits
  • Description

    Portrait of John Law, half-length, head turned to the right, with unrolled parchment in left hand; within oval. 1720
    Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1720
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 145 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 100 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with production detail: 'Gravé AParis par E. Desrochers rue du Foin pres la rue S. Iacq.', name of sitter, inscription in Latin and four verses in French.
  • Curator's comments

    Possibly from Desrochers's 'Recueil de portraits de personnes qui se sont distinguées tant dans les Armes que dans Belles-Lettres et les Arts, comme aussi la famille royale de France et autres cours étrangères', published and sometimes engraved by Desrochers, and advertised in 'Mercure' in May 1726 (although Desrochers had started publishing these a few years before)
    Not all the plates were engraved by Desrochers, who often only published them. After his death the series was taken over by Petit.

    Desrochers engraved and published a large number of portraits in his career (see IFF), but not all of them were part of the series. The IFF indicates plates from the Recueil typically included the name and titles of the sitter on the border or in a cartouche, and some verses on a tablet in the lower part. The portraits often derive from earlier images.

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  • Bibliography

    • IFF 328 (18th C.) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (French XVIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1818

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Bb,15.436

Portrait of John Law, half-length, head turned to the right, with unrolled parchment in left hand; within oval.  1720  Engraving

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Portrait of John Law, half-length, head turned to the right, with unrolled parchment in left hand; within oval. 1720 Engraving

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