J-J Le Veau after Joseph Vernet "1ere Vue des Environs de Bayonne"
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"1ere Vue des Environs de Bayonne"
Jean-Jacques Le Veau (1729–1786)
after Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714–1789)
Published Paris, c. 1775
32 cm × 42.3 cm (approx.)
An image of a fishing party at the edge of a river, beneath a fortified town.
Inscribed in plate below image left: "Jos. Vernet"; below image right: "J. J. Le Veau"; below image center: "1ere. Vue des Environs de Bayonne."; bottom left of sheet: "Se vend à Paris, chez le Veau, Graveur, rue S. Jacques, vis-à-vis le College du Plessis."; bottom right of sheet: "Et chez Basan, rue du Foin St. Jaques."
Jean-Jacques Le Veau (or Leveau) was born in impoverished circumstances in Rouen. A sickly child who was unwanted by his parents, he was left to be raised by nuns who noted his talent for drawing. He became a pupil of Jean-Baptiste Descamps (1714-1791) and went on to become an accomplished and highly respected engraver, interpreting the work of a number of celebrated painters.
Very scarce. Not in British Museum. For similar see Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1953 (53.600.1519); MAH Musée d'art et d'histoire, Ville de Genève, Collection de la Société des Arts de Genève (SDA livre 0015-072)
Arlaud Cat. no. 293, p. 79. (Docteur Pierre Arlaud "Catalogue Raisonné des Estampes Gravées d'après Joseph Vernet", Avignon, Imprimeries Rulliere-Libeccio, 1990).
Presented in attractive 'Country House' condition framed and glazed in an antique walnut veneer, 'cushion' frame
18th Century, Georgian (1714 to 1837), Rococo (c. 1750 to 1775)