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Hippolyte de la Tude Clairon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1870,0625.749

  • Title (object)

    • Hippolyte de la Tude Clairon
  • Description

    Mademoiselle Clairon as Medea in Corneille's eponymous play, after Van Loo, with, at right, the actress being carried away on a chariot drawn by dragons, below her children lying dead on the steps of a building, and on the left Jason drawing his sword and staring at her; finished state. 1764 Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1764
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 709 millimetres
    • Width: 522 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with production detail: "Exécutée d'après le Tableau original de Mr Carle Vanloo... par Laurent Cars, et Jacques Beauvarlet...", publication address: "A Paris chez l'auteur, Rue du Petit Bourbon attenant la Foire St Germain", and title, continuing: "Gravûre donnée par le Roy à M.elle Clairon".
  • Curator's comments

    The plate was commissioned by the King and paid by him (12 000 livres). It was engraved after a smaller version of the painting (dated 1759) executed by Van Loo himself. The plate is mainly the work of Laurent Cars, who was set to engrave the whole composition; however Mademoiselle Clairon did not like his rendition of her face. Several attempts were made to satisfy the actress, and others printmakers were asked to engrave the head. Cochin failed to please the difficult artist, while de Wille and Allemand flatly refused to even try. Beauvarlet finally accepted the task and his work was deemed satisfactory. The plate was completed and advertised in 'Affiches, annonces et avis divers' (16 May 1764) as a work of exceptional quality, of which few impressions would be printed. The price of a print was fixed at 24 livres.
    In 1773, Beauvarlet re-edited the print which was advertised in 'L'Avant Coureur' (10 May) and in 'Mercure' (May). The price was lowered to 12 livres, but again, few impressions were printed.

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  • Bibliography

    • IFF 191.IV (under Cars) bibliographic details
    • IFF 58.III (under Beauvarlet) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (French Masters Portfolio)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Medea
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1870

  • Acquisition notes

    Lugt 345 on verso

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1870,0625.749

Mademoiselle Clairon as Medea in Corneille's eponymous play, after Van Loo, with, at right, the actress being carried away on a chariot drawn by dragons, below her children lying dead on the steps of a building, and on the left Jason drawing his sword and

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