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1722 Liege – 1776 Paris


L’Amour Délaissé [The Abandoned Love] - c.1770


Chalk-manner etching and engraving in red and black inks after Jean-Baptiste Huet (French, 1745-1811). Size of sheet: 18.6 x 21.2 cm. Inscribed: “Dessiné par J.B. Huet Ptre du Roi/A Paris chés Demarteau Graveur et Pensionnaire du Roi rue de la Pelterie a la Cloche/Gravé par Demarteau/ No. 491”.


Leymarie, 1896, No.491, p.122; IFF 6:491; Gabillot p.169 (illust.p.77).


Strong and well-printed impression with good margins. There is a tine pinhole on the black framing line on the left and right, a light stain verso; but otherwise in excellent good condition considering its age.


Pendant to the engraving No.492, L’Amour et le chien.


Comparative impressions: Musée du Louvre – 19528 LR.


Gilles Demarteau the Elder after Huet: L'Amour Délaissé

  • Demarteau is credited with the invention of the so-called 'crayon-manner' engraving. Though Jean-Charles François (1717-1769) was officially recognized as the first to use this method in 1757, Demarteau perfected it further and used it with real artistic feeling and a style of his own. After his first collaboration with François in 1756 till his death, Demarteau published hundreds of chalk-manner prints. A large portion of those were after the drawings by Boucher and Huet with whom he was friends till his death in 1776. 

    Almost all of Demarteau’s prints bear numbers that were inscribed into the copperplate at the time of publication. These numbers record the approximate order in which the prints were made and later served as the basis for a catalogue compiled in 1788 by the artist’s nephew and collaborator, Gilles-Antoine.

  • C.Gabillot, Les Hüet: Jean-Baptiste et Ses Trois Fils, 1892;

    Leopold de Leymarie, L'oeuvre de Gilles Demarteau l'ainé graveur du Roi, Paris, 1896;

    Malcolm Salaman, French colour-prints of the XVIII century, 1913;

    Campbell Dodgson, Old French Colour-Prints, 1924;

    Margaret Crasselli, Colorful Impressions/The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France, 2008.

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